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Meadows, John Austin: Petition, Prince Edward County

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Prince Edward County State of Virginia November 29th 1810 The Petition of John Austin Meadows of Prince Edward County to the General Assembly of Virginia humbley sheweth that he the said John Austin Meadows in October 1808. with his wife & one small negro Girl named Betsy set off from the said County to the State of Tennessee where some of his relations then lived, to visit them and see the Country, with an intention of remaining their [there] if he should like the Country, if not to return to the said County in the State of Virginia; he remained their [there] four or five months & not liking the Country did return and bring with him the said Negro Girl Betsy, not knowing their was any Law, in the State of Virginia to prohibit him from so doing; but being informed since his return, that such a Law did exist and that the only way to obtain liberty to keep the said negro in the State was to Petition the assembly to pass an act to that effect; therefore your orator hopeth that the honorable assembly of Virginia will grant him such relief as in their wisdom may seem just & he will ever pray &c. John Austin Meadows We the under sign'd believe John A. Meadows to be a worthy and upright Neighbour, & do confide in the above declarations: Carlos Green B. D. Green Thomas Green Asa Dupuy George Bell Archer Womack James W Womack William Scott Se'r William Gurney