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Stephens, Rica & Others: Petition, Northampton County

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of the said county of Accomack, to whom he is known and whose names are here to appended, in this behalf, & they have united with your petitioner in his prayer for the passage of the law aforesaid, and testify to your Honorable bodies in favor of the character of your petitioner; & your petitioner as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c [etc.]. Richa his X mark Stephens

The undersigned, citizens of the County of Accomack, respectfully unite with the above named Rica Stephens in his prayer for the passage of a law by the Legislature of Virginia, permitting his wife & children named in his said petition, to remain in this commonwealth, under such conditions & restrictions as may be considered necessary to secure their proper deportment & good behavior in this community. They respectfully testify to the Legislature that they are well acquainted with the said Rica Stephens; that he sustains in the said county of Accomack a very fair & reputable character & is very much respected as an humble & honest man by all who know him; & that, in the opinion of the undersigned, his highly meritorious conduct in general & especially in the honest & successful efforts which he has made in the purchase of his wife & children solely with the view of emancipating them, merit from the Legislature the passage of the law for which he has petitioned. Geo. P. Scarburgh Jas. H. Die George ostger Jno L Dix Jno R Joynes Thos T Cropper Tho R Joynes J. W. Gillet Joshua P. Wyatt Jno. J. Blackstone E. P. Pitts John G. Savage M D John Milliner Thos P. Bagwell Solomon Philips Robert Hirchfeldt Th: H. Bayly Robt. J. Poulson Henry Bagwell

Edmd. R. Allen Saml. [N.?] Hopkins Edwd. C Bloxom L. S. Joyner Jr Jno W H Parker Wm D Bayly Thos Lilliston Thos A Gibbons Sylvester N Davis Isaac W Gibbons B Yophing Jno T Beaverly W B Twiford Thos. Mebran Edmund B Ayers Saml C. White Wm H Massey Henry P Lilliston

Levin Gray Micher H Higgans Thomas White Jno D Wilson Wm H Melson Geo Wadhin Js J Ailworth