Vawter, Edmund F. & William: Petition, Orange County
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slave assessed and fixed his value at one hundred and seventy five pounds, which will more fully and at large appear by reference to the record of the said Court herewith filed. Your petitioners further represent at that particular time, being immediately after the Revolutionary War, the Treasury of Virginia was exhausted, that their Father the said William Vawter as he after stated, did apply for payment but was told that the claim should be paid but at that time the state could not pay. Shortly after this the said Wm. Vawter removed to the state of Kentucky
and without ever returning to Virginia he died. Your petitioners therefore appeal to the justice of the Legislature to pass a law authorizing the payment of the claim aforesaid or if the property of their course should be doubted then they ask that the Auditor and Treasury of the Commonwealth may be authorized to adjust the claim upon principles of law and Equity. The accompanying documents herewith filed prove the justice of the claim beyond all human doubt. Your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c. [etc.] Edmund F Vawter Virginia Vawter Wm. Vawter