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White, Ackey: Petition, Norfolk City

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and currently entreats the General Assembly of Virginia to allow him to spend the brief remnant of his days in the land which gave him birth,and amongst a people whose confidence he has already earned by his good conduct, and with whom as his testimonials also shew he can be useful, and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray. Ackey his X mark White

I take pleasure in bearing my testimony to the exemplary good conduct and fidelity of Ackey White, and most sincerely hope that his petition to be allowed to remain in the Commonwealth may be granted. Ackey was born in Norfolk as a slave in my father's family and served my father and afterwards my husband Mr. [Indan? Jordan?] and myself with great fidelity, and in consideration of his good conduct I granted him the indulgence of purchasing himself, and my second husband Mr. Parks in consideration of my promise emancipated him. Ackey is a faithful, honest and industrious negro, very useful as a drayman in the Burough, and from the peculiar operations of slave labor amongst us and the great drain in the negro population by the South it is not probable that his place in our community could be supported by white labour or by slave labour. Martha S. F. S. Parks Marshall Parks husband of Martha S. F. S. Parks who has signed as above fully concurs in the above statement.

We the undersigned Merchants and other citizens of the Burough of Norfolk would most respectfully entreat the General Assembly of Virginia to permit Acquey White to remain in the Borough of Norfolk. Most of us have known him long and well, and we bear willing and decided testimony to his fidelity, integrity, and usefulness. He is a drayman in the Burough in whom we have confidence, and we believe that if he is forced by the laws to remove from the Borough, his loss cannot soon be supplied. The business of a drayman is a responsible employment requiring fidelity, integrity, industry and experience all of which are united in Acquey, and so long as we have slave labor amongst us, we cannot expect that white men will be found disposed to engage in this business, and the best of the slaves who are employed as draymen cannot be depended upon to the same extent, as Acquey and a few other free negroes who are so engaged. From peculiar causes the draymen of Norfolk have [illegible] diminished in numbers and are at this time inadequate to do the business required of them. We should therefore deplore the removal of Acquey from amongst us, and ask as a faver to ourselves that his petition may be granted. Otway B. Barraud Ro. Tatewood Wm. [Moreley? Moseley?] Henry B. Reardon W. H. Taylor & Co. Jno C. Saunders Jno Allmand

Tazewell Taylor W. W. Sharp Jno. G. Wilkinson Wm. D. Bagnall Elie Barrot