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Cleary, Nicholas: Petition, Norfolk City

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Norfolk Jany 2d '49 Dear Sir, I am sorry that I could not see you either here or in Richmond, from which City I returned last evening. I wished to converse with you upon the subject of a petition, of Mr. Nicholas Cleary, the gentleman who married the daughter of Mr. Thomas Reilly dec'd [deceased]. Mr. Cleary's infant son, Thos. Reilly Cleary, owns a negro woman named Margaret, living in Norfolk, and as a slave cannot be carried to Wisconsin, where Mr. Cleary and his family now live, (slavery in that State being prohibited) he wishes the Legislature to pass a law authorizing him or his authorized agent, to sell the woman Margaret, so that the proceeds of the sale may be remitted to him in Wisconsin. Mr. Cleary has already qualified as the guardian of his son in the proper court in Wisconsin. I drew up a petition in Mr. Clearys name on this subject & left it, and a copy of the record from Wisconsin shewing that he has qualified as the guardian of his son, with my brother, Mr. Philip Mayo, with a request that he would hand them to you, and ask the favor of you to present the petition to the Legislature, and to attend to this matter for Mr. Cleary, whose last place of abode in Va. was Norfolk & where the slave