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Brown, William: Petition, Prince Edward County

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To the General Assembly of Virginia. Your Petitioner, William Brown, a man of colour, respectfully sheweth, that he has resided for many years as a servant at the College of Hampton Sidney in the County of Prince Edward. That at first he was hired as a Slave, that by economy & industry he has been enabled to purchase his freedom. That it is the wish of the Petitioner to remain in that County in the service of the young men at college, if the laws if the country will permit it. Your Petitioner here refers to the annexed Certificate signed by a number of the respectable men of this County to show, that your Petitioner conducts himself with propriety - is a useful member of society and has acquired considerable property. Your Petitioner prays that he may be permitted to be considered as a free man, remain where he is, and continue his occupation: And that a law may pass authorizing him to do so. William X his mark Brown