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McCorcle, Dick: Petition, Patrick County

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To the honourable the Legislature of Virginia now in session. The petition of Dick McCorcle a free man of colour, humbly sheweth, that your petitioner was sold some fourteen or fifteen years ago by Greensville Penn to A. M. Waddle then of Leakesville North Carolina, that he was carried by said Waddle to South Carolina and sold to Joseph McCorch of that state, where he remained untill a few years ago, that by industry and [illegible] during the time he lived in Virginia, and also during his stay in South Carolina, he has been able to raise money sufficient to purchase his freedom, and returned to the county of Patrick in the state of Virginia, when he had lived 30 or 40 years previous to being carried to South Carolina, that he has a wife and children in this state, that his children [are?] slaves, your petitioner is now far advanced in years and desires to spend the remainder of his life in the place when he was raised, he therefore humbly prays that your honourable bo[d]y will pass a law to permit your petitioner to remain in the State of Virginia. Dick McCorcle We the undersigned subscribers join with the above named Dick McCorcle in his petition to remain in this state. John C Traylor Wm A Taylor John Morris Caleb McRay Greensville Penn Wm F Mills Jno Dillard Arnold [Walker?] Charles Philpott W Bird Joseph Stovall David Campbell John Salmon