Citizens: Petition, Nicholas County
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To the Legislature of Virginia Your Petitioners, humbly represent, that James Sims of the county of Nicholas has recently emancipated Isaac a black man who is desirous of remaining in the commonwealth. Your petitioners represent that there are but very few slaves in the county of Nicholas not exceeding sixty nor is there more than one other coulered person in the county who is free - your petitioners further state the said black man Isaac is an exceedingly honest industrious, and useful man addicted to no vicious habits whatsover, but peaceful inoffensive and meek in all his intercourse and business with the country, your petitioners would be truly grateful should the legislature in its wisdom think proper to grant his application - Your petitioners are well convinced that no mischief can result to the country by doing so, and as a precedent in this part of the state noting of evil is to be apprehended.
Names of Petitioners Hudson N. Dickinson Miles Manner Jas. N. Miller P. J. Buster Pleasant Hawkins
Names of Petitioners Seaton B. Ramsey James B. Muncy James J. Sims