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Martha: Petition, Prince William County

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This is to certify that I Mary D. Lane, owner and mistress of Lewis, am perfectly willing that the memorialist Martha, a manumitted slave, and wife of my said servant Lewis, shall return to, and remain in our Commonwealth, if it shall seem meet to the Honble [Honorable] the Legislature of Virginia, to grant her permission to do so, as to her character, I have been informed by the best authority which were those she has lived with, that she has supported an honest and unexceptionable order. Mary D. Lane 9th Nov 1839