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Abington, Bowles: Petition, Patrick County

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To The Honourable, The speaker, & members, of the general Assembly of Virginia - The petition of Bowles Abbington, of Patrick County, Humbly, sheweth, that your petitioner, some few years past; removed into the state of North Carolina, and continued to reside there until he unfortunately lost his hearing; which rendered him incapable of any kind of business, except that of labour. The many inconveniences attending him in that situation, were such as to induce him to remove back, & settle near his father, and Brothers, They being the only persons whom he could with confidence rely on to assist him in the common concerns of life. And having a negro boy by the name of Jim, about seventeen years of age, whom your petitioner, raised, that is particularly accustomed to him, and can communicate such things as relates to his domestic concerns by signs. Your petitioner therefore hopes, that as he has been thus unfortunate, that your Honourable body will pass a law authorizing him to bring said negro into this state. And in duty bound will ever pray &c &c [etc. etc.]. Bowles Abington