Dick: Petition, Patrick County
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and Clemency of your Honble [Honorable] body which he now does beseeching & [illegible], you to take pity upon him & by a special act to authorize & permit him to remain in the Commonwealth with such guards and restrictions as you may deem meet & proper thrown around him. & as in duty bound he will ever pray. Dick.
We whose names are hereunto signed State with cherfulness [cheerfulness] that we have Known the above petitioner Dick. some of us during his whole life & others of us for shorter & longer periods & that we have never Known a more obedient docile & Honest slave That what he states in his petition, we are satisfied is substantially true, & that we have never Known the sympathies of the public more enlisted in favors of any emancipated slave Lewis [illegible] [Sr?] Alexander Nolen [Sr?] Jesse Corn J. P., [Sr?] James Via [Sr?] John Slaugter William Law Thos. A. Turner Henry C. Pedigo Lewis Pedigo Thomas Craddoc E. Williams John N Wright John A. Hamton Capt.
David Ross Samuel Ross John Handy James H. Jefferson William Gencer David S. Ross Wiley W Ross J Turner J. P. Wm: Turner Wm: Roberson Mary Koger, widow Joseph Ross Peyton Ross
Jefferson Taylor [Cpt? C.A.C.?] Samuel Lackey Tho Hanborn Major Wm Spencer R C James Lackey David H. Alexander C. Turner J. P. Wm Critz J P James Houchins Abner Harlow Malkijah Francis Fountain Howell Henry Handy James Ball [Long?] John W Hancock Jr Edward Milpott Samuel Terry David Rorver Nathan Hall William Shelton Stephen Stone Jr Fetherston Akers Jeremiah Burnett J P Flavius J Ross M Joyce Brett Stovall [SpC] Bartlett [P Sr?] Lewis Edwards Elisha [Anglin?]
N Harbour John Houchins Jacob Prillaman Caybert Webb Flemin Plasters John Burnett J B Williams Bill Price Jr. Robt. Wright L C Wright William J Keath Jos [illegible] Stovall John Cruise Thomas Morison [Asamonirad?] Gabriel P Sandefur John Hancock William Houtchins A Gummell John Boling Beverage Handy Mark [F] Plaster Reuben Becker Leonard Fitzgerald Samuel Shelton N. Hurt Saml C Merry Isaac Adams