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Osborne, John: Petition, Petersburg

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under the penalty of being again submitted to the galling yoke of slavery. As therefore during the few years that this poor fellow will remain in existence, the commonwealth can sustain no inquiry from permitting him to reside at home in peace, your petitioner humbly prays your honors to pass an act authorizing him to emancipate the said James in such manner that the consequences attaching to such emancipation by the general law of the land, [only not?] be experienced in this case. And your petitioner as in duty bound will &c &c [etc.] John Osborne