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Inhabitants: Petition, Petersburg

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To the honourable speaker and other members of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The petition of the subscribers inhabitants of the town of Petersburg respectfully sheweth, that Uriah Tyner, a free many of colour some time in the year 1800 became an inhabitant of the said town, & has ever since resided therein, and his conduct during the whole time has been correct, proper and for a man of his [situation? station?] in life, exemplary; that he has been uniformly considered by all the people of the said town who had an opportunity of knowing his conduct, as most strictly honest and extremely industrious; that the humility of his deportment & his respectful demeanour towards all those who happened to be placed above him in society, with his integrity and attention to his occupation, acquired him the good will of the inhabitants, by whom he is deemed a very useful man. that by his preserving industry he has been enabled to purchase a house & lot in the said town, in fee simple, exclusive of personal property. - That before he came to be a resident in Petersburg he had removed into this state from the adjacent state