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Morris, Samuel: Petition, Patrick County

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To the honorable the Legislature of Virginia The petition of Saml Morris of Patrick County most respectfully sheweth that he has long been possessed of a negro woman named Julia that under an impression that he should remove to Carolina, he some years back took her to that state having now abanded [abandoned] the idea of leaving his native state he wishes to be permit[t]ed to bring back sd [said] Slave and hopes a Law may pass to authorize him to do so and as bound he will ever pray &c.[etc.]