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Osborne, John: Petition, Petersburg

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Windsor Mills 6th May 1805 I hereby certify, that the bearer hereof (James) is my Miller, in which capacity he hath acted for me upwards of Seventeen years, during which time, he has conducted himself with respect to honesty sobriety and every other virtue generally found in human nature, with so much zeal, that he has not only obtained my most unlimited confidence, but as far as I can judge, that of all others who are acquainted with him, in gratitude to him for such good conduct give him this certificate. Petersburg 9th Decem 1811 R Bate In addition to the forgoing certificate, I further state, that I have no reason to think the said James has swerved from his former habits and that if there be no legal impediment to his emancipation I wish he may succeed in his petition[.] R Bate