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Clark, George: Petition, Patrick County

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The Honorable, The Speaker, and Members of The General Assembly of Virginia. The Petition of George Clark, of Patrick County - Humbly sheweth, that some years ago your petitioner married a Daughter of W. Thomas Cardwell, of Stokes County, State of N. Carolina; and lately received as a gift from said Cardwell, his father in law, two slaves, namely, Fanny, & her child George about three years old, - A Deed of Gift was duly acknowledged, & recorded, in the county court of Stokes from which circumstances your petitioner was induced to believe that he had a right to bring said slaves into this states, and hold them as his property; But shortly afterwards, he was informed that the Act of Assembly, under which he expected to hold said slaves, in this state, had expired before the deed of gift was made; In consequence of which information he immediately sent said slaves back into the State of N. Carolinia, where they still remain, - Your petitioner being desirous to keep said negroes, and nothing but a knowledge of the Law, prevented the necessary steps being taken before it expiration, he therefore hopes that your