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Cox, Robin: Petition, Petersburg

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To the Honorable the Speakers and members of the Legislature of Virginia. The [illegible] and petition of Robin Cox (a black man) of the town of Petersburg, respectfully represents - That during the year 1809 he obtained his friend Jacob Carter (a free black man) to purchase your petitioner of Daniel Dodson Esqr of said Town (by whom he was raised) for the purpose of giving him his freedom, but your petitioner not being aware of the necessity of applying to your honorable body yet remains in a state of suspence truly pitiable; He has refunded the purchase money to his friend from years since, who is also anxious that your petitioner should enjoy the priviliges and immunity of other free persons, as will more fully appear by an instrument of writing given by the said Carter to the said Robin & bearing date 24th Jany 1810[.] Your petitioner prays your honors to take his case into consideration and permit him to reside in his native place, where he has a wife and several children, and enjoy his freedom purchased by his industry & enterprize. and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray[.] P Haxall believes the Petitioner to be honest, sober and industrious. David P. Argan has known for some years the Petitioner and believes him to be honest and industrious.