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Hines, Henry: Petition, Patrick County

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H. Hines petition praying that an act may pass permitting him to retain in this commonwealth a certain slave therein named.

Henry Hine's Petition Decr 9th 1818. refd to Cts of J. [referred to Courts of Justice] Reasonable 12th Decr. 1818 Bill Drawn

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Delegates of Virginia The Petition of Henry Hines of the County of Patrick respectfully represents that some time during the present year (the precise time he does not now recollect) he sold and exported to an other state a negro girl aged about 18 years named Lucy. that immediately thereafter he purchased in the county of Surey [Surry] & commonwealth of North Carolina a negro girl aged about 8 years and named Hanah which girl he imported into this commonwealth[.] That some considerable time afterwards perhaps 3 months he was informed that he had not complied with all the provisions of the act of the General assembly concerning Slaves and that ultimately he would come under fines and the penaltys of that act because of his not having had the necessary certificates of exportation & importation duly certified & recorded. Your petitioner immediately sort information and learned that the time had elapsed within which those certificates should have been recorded and such presumes he is in danger of incurring the penaltys of that act unless releived by yr [your] Hon[ora]ble Body. Your petiti[o]ner will duly here remark that as the main object of the Legislature is fully attained in as much as the increase of the slave population