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Citizens of Wheeling: Petition, Ohio County

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The undersigned, residents of the City of of Wheeling in Ohio County, most respectfully represent to the General Assembly, that Richard Morris, a free black aged about 56 years, has been a resident of said city for about thirteen years past; during which time the undersigned have had full opportunities of becoming well acquainted with his character and deportment. We have known him to be honest, faithful, laborious, respectful and orderly in his department. a worthy and inoffensive old man. We therefore respectfully petition the General Assembly to pass an act permitting himself & family to reside in the state. Wheeling Va. February 21, 1848

Henry Moore J W Paull S. P. [Hullihua?] M. C. Good Z Jacob John J. Boyd Geo. W. Sights E. Pollock Henry Crangle A. C. Chaplin W. F. Peterson Jr. John Q. Coffy J. M. Mitchell S. Rice

Daniel Lamb S. Brady James S. Wheate A. H. Chapline A Y Taldwell M. H. Houston M. Nelson Alexr T Smith A. M. Adams Jno McColloch Flynn Clellan Edgar Woods J. S. Langston [illegible] J. E. Wharton S. F. Faris