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Chappell, Angelica: Petition, Prince George County

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To the General Assembly of Virginia The memorial of Angelica Chappell of Prince George County respectfully represents That under the last Will and testament of James Bishop of said County of Prince George she was Emancipated, as will be seen by reference to said Will, a copy of which accompanies this memorial, that he the said Bishop left all his real estate to her during her life: that he gave her his household and Kitchen furniture, plantation utensils, stock of all kinds, Crop of Corn &c during her life that he also gave her the Amount for which his three Slaves, General, Jimmy and Polly annually hired during her life and at her death the whole of said property of every description to her son Henry. Your humble petitioner has been informed that evidence of general good conduct would not avail her object in a Court of Justice and that your honurable body is the only tribunal to which she can apply that hath the power to grant her leave to remain in this Commonwealth. Freedom is a blessing that you can better appreciate than your humble petitioner who has been in bondage more than forty years and whoes heart sickens at the thought of accepting it on the terms of your statute. At her advanced age (being now about fifty years old) to leave the place of her birth give up the home left her by a kind and indulgent Master bereft of her Children (for they are all Slaves except Henry), and to look out for a Government more friendly to unfortunate blacks