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Citizens: Petition, Petersburg

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as at that time he will be of age from the faithfulness of the woman is desirous that she shall accompany her husband to Africa. Your petitioners would represent to your Honorable body that it is not the intention of Edward Stokes to attempt to evade the will of his master & go to some other state of this Union for they are aware that he is entitled to his freedom only on condition of removing to the Colony of Liberia & that it is his wish to go there as soon as he can get his family to go with him. Under these circumstances your petitioners humbly pray that your Honourable body will pass such an act in his favour as shall authorize your petitioner Edward Stokes to remain in this Commonwealth until the final day of October 1837 under such restrictions as shall be deemed necessary and proper to your Honourable body & your petitioners will ever pray &c [etc.]. Petersburg Feby 11th 1835 {C P?] Batte Wm J Waller Saml [Samuel] H. Pryers Thos Wallace R F Hannon Charles O Harox

Robt C Egerton J. B. Va[illegible] [Setrey?] Pauls W. B. Ritchie Benj Jones W S Bragg Jos Brugg A. G. McIlwaine

Jno D [illegible] Samuel Winfree Nicholas N. Moore Wm Clarke Martin Eaten John Taliaferro W. F. Fisher Sam D. Dowes Thomas Shore Edwd E Archer John Bragg