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Inhabitants: Petition, Petersburg

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when a Negro has render'd [rendered] such Invaluable benefits to the Community, as this Man Emanuel has, That the Legislature of Virginia ought to extend to him, that best and dearest of all Rights, his Liberty. This is the great incentive to Noble Actions. It will have a Happy effect on the Community in General. It will Prevent overtures from being made to Slaves; & if they should be made, it will induce a Development of them, On Every principle therefore, your Petitioners Pray that a Law may Pass Emancipating Emanuel The Property of the Representative of Lin Stone dec'd. And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever Pray &c [etc.]. Joel Hammon Mayor Alexander Brown alderman John Wright James Mitchell Wm. Moore Alderman Jas. Byrne Alderman Nath'l Friend Ald'n Archibald Baugh: [illegible] Robert Bolling Alexander Taylor Robt Birchett Wm. Bowden Ald'n Paul Nash Ald'n William Prentis Ald'n William Wills Ald'n Sam'l Henton Robt Walker Francis Boyle

Sam'l Turner Charles M. Christian Wm. C. Parke Dav Anderson Lewis Mabry P. Cain [Jabez Smith?] Jno Ahern Henry Wilkinson James Boisseau Thomas E. Gary Henry Gary Elisha Wales John [N.? K.?] Jackson John [Tisher? Fisher?] Thomas Stewart Wm. W. Geddy Matthew Davidson Pleasant [Aker? Akin?] J: Franklin