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Hill, Thomas: Petition, Pocahontas County

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We the under signed. Inhabitants of the County of Pocahontas, do hereby Certify, that we have been long Acquainted with Humphry, a man of Colour, who was formerly the property of Abraham McNeal and Now the property Thomas Hill, And feel no hesitation in Expressing as our opinion without the fear of Error, that there is no Slave with in the Commonwealth of Virginia, under a better Character. he has for many years been a faithful professor of Religious principles; And in all Respects has behaved himself as become a person in his Situation, we Cannot believe that Any inconvenience of Any kind what ever, Can Either result to the public or to Any Individual; by the passage of a Law, Authorizing his present owner to Emancipate him, Given under our hands. This 27th day of November 1826. Jno. Baxter Thomas [Jordten?] John [McJordins? McJordies?] Amos [Kinnisou?] Sheldon Clark George Berry Elijah. P. Blair Samuel Hawk Mark S Linnison James Patterson

William Kithrow Rheubin Mc[illegible] Robert Gay Thos. Cochnan John McNiel Benjamin Lewis William McNiel William Hughes Wm [McColm? McCohn?] Wm Bradshaw Joseph Selbert