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Robins, Candis & Shadrack: Petition, Northampton County

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To the Legislature of Virginia, The petition of Candis, Shadrach, Henry George, & Mary, the said Henry, George, and Mary being infants, by the said Candis, their mother, respectfully [shows] that your petitioners are free persons of colour and were emancipated by their late Mistress Miss Nancy Robins of Northampton County by her last will & testament which was duly proved and admitted to record in the County Court of said County on the 10th day of February 1840. Your petitioners would beg leave to state for your honourable bodies that their late mistress was induced to perform this act of philanthropy by the good conduct of your petitioners: that no charge or accusation of bad conduct has ever been preferred against your petitioners or either of them in or out of the courts of justice that they [have endeavor and uniformly] to sustain good moral character and it is their purpose to continue to [?] that confidence which has been heretofore accorded to them.They therefore respectfully pray that an act may pass authorising each of your petitioners to remain in this Commonwealth during their good behavior and as in duty bound they will ever pray &c

Candice Robins X her mark Shedrack Robins X his mark

[teste: John Hev?]