Butler, James: Petition, Petersburg
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him its enjoyment: and that to be permitted to lie down in peace for the short residue of his days, with his wife and family of children, will be to render him as happy as mortal can be made, without risque or injury to the community: whereas emancipation on the terms of leaving them forever, or of being resold among strangers, is a curse instead of a benefit, and would render your petitioners state infinitely more palling than that which he at present sustains. Your petitioner therefore prays your honors to take his case into very serious consideration - and to pass an act authorising his master to emancipate him without your petitioners incurring the consequences attached to such emancipation, by the general law of the land. And your petitioner as in duty bound will pray &c [etc.]. James Butler. I do hereby certify, that the facts above Stated by the petitioner are true - and that his conduct since I have know and owned him, has been exemplary. I therefore seriously join in the prayer of his petition. John Osborne