Osborne, John: Petition, Petersburg
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We the undersigned have been for several years well acquainted with James Butler, who at this time petitioning the Legislature for his Freedom; and from our intimate knowledge of his character; with satisfaction certify that he has always demean'd and conducted himself as an honest upright, sober and faithful slave, and therefore we [illegible] join in his supplication to be emancipated. Given under our hands this 10th December 1811. D Mackenzie Saml [Samuel] Christian Mary Williams Jno B Williams Richd [Richard] Williams A[illegible] G F[illegible] Daniel Dodson James Campbell has heard him well spoken of I have taken notice of Jas Butler a length of time I have observed his deportment as a slave to be very proper and correct Jas. Byrne Daniel Epes James Durell James has lived with us for the last five years as a Miller much to our satisfaction. I have been acquainted with James Butler for many years. He is sober, honest, and an industrious, and sincerely hope He may succeed in his Petition. P Haxall