Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Inhabitants: Petition, Petersburg

image 1 of 12

Zoom in to read each word clearly.
Some images may have writing in several directions. To rotate an image, hold down shift-Alt and use your mouse to spin the image so it is readable.

This transcription is complete!

To The General Assembly of Virginia, The Petition of the undersigned Inhabitants of the Town of Petersburg, Respectfully shewth, That David Anderson deceased, by his last will, hath manifested the most ardent desire that a Negro man slave, named Jingo, belonging to his estate, should be emancipated; and allowed to remain in this Commonwealth: And to prevent the possibility of his becoming a public burthen [burden], has granted him a support of, three hundred dollars per annum, during life, to be paid out of the estate; which, after his death, is for the most laudable purposes, given to the Town of Petersburg. The strongest feelings of respect for the memory, of love for the virtues, and of gratitude for the long and usefull services, of their deceased friend and fellow townsman, impell your petitioners, most earnestly to intreat, that this fond and last wish of this heart, may be indulged. Having lived among them for so many years, the object of so much, and such universal respect and attachment; so obliging so active, & so faithfull, in the various public employments to which, in spite of this modest and retiring disposition the partiality of his fellow citizens frequently called him, and having bequeathed, at this death, all the earnings.of