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Butler, James: Petition, Petersburg

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Bate to James } Certificate

Petersburg 13. Septemr 1812 This is to certify that the bearer, James, formerly belonged to me, and acted in the capacity of my head Miller in a Manufactoring Mill, at which time I gave him an assurance that on the event of his performing his duty faithfully for Ten years, that I would then emancipate him, this I should have done according to promise had not a reversion in my pecuniary situation prevented it, As this promise was made to him many years previous to any Act of the Assembly which goes to prevent the emancipation of Slaves at the discretion of their owners, and as his present owner is equally desirous with myself and will receive full compensation for his value it would give me pleasure should he prove