Alick: Petition, Nottoway County
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of the most disinterested attachment for a master who had ever treated him with humanity and confidence. Your petitioner would beg leave for [the?] to pay - that his character for honesty and humbleness is not surpassed by any person of his colour in this state. he has a wife and children whom he dearly loves. to leave them would render his existence miserable. they are all slaves. Would it please your honourable body to pass a law permitting him to reside in the state of Virginia? Gratitude for this act of your kindness & humanity will ever prompt him to be (what he ever has had in [illegible]) a peaceful citizen and an honest humble man. Your petitioner ever prays &c [etc.] Alick of a free man of colour
Richmond, 13 Decr 1824 I certify that an application was made by the petitioner Alick, to the County Court of Nottoway for permission to reside in the County sometime during the present session. I was a member of the Court. the facts set forth in his petition were fully proved, by the most respectable testimony, but it requiring the unanimous consent of the Court he could not obtain the permission, tho a large majority of the Court were in his favour. The petitioner is one of the most respected coloured persons I know, the citizens of the County have the highest opinion of him, as an honest industrious, humble free man of colour. Hu R. Anderson