Hill, Thomas: Petition, Pocahontas County
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To the Speakers and members of boath [both] houses of the General, Assembly, of Virginia. The Petition of Thomas Hill, of the County of Pocahontas, Humbly represents to your Honourable body, that he is in possession of a man of colour by the name of Humphry, a Slave, who was formerly the property of Abraham [McNeal?] an uncle to your petitioner. That the Said Slave by his [Morel?] and Virtuous conduct, together with the fact of his having Exercised such Unceasing Care, Industry, and attention, towards business, gained the good will and affection of his Said Master And induced him to come to a determination, to Emancipate him, but unfortunately departed this life, before an opportunity offered to Carry into operation his Grateful and humane design, of placing in a State of freedom a Slave who had there by his [upright?] deportment and unering [unerring] Conduct, became a favourate with him, your petitioner States that after the decease of the said Abraham, he became an Executor of the Estate of the Said decendent, And set the Sale of the Personal property belonging to the aforesaid Estate of the aforesaid Slave Humphry was put to Sale and Purchased by your Petitioner for the express purpose of Carrying into operation the humane designes, and benevalant [benevolent] views, of his deceased uncle for whom your petitioner Always Entertained feelings of the warmest respect. your petitioner Asks leave to state that the whole Circle of relatives of the Said decendant [decedent], which are numerous appear to be very Solicitious that Some measure may be adapted that will place the Said Slave Humphry in a Situation to enjoy Liberty