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Doxey & Jack: Petition, Princess Anne County

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To the Honourable Speakers and Members of both Houses of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Your Petitioner Doxey formerly the slave of George R. Corprew decd [deceased] of the County of Princess Anne respectfully sheweth that he was born a slave the property of Edward West of North Carolina, just over the line of Virginia; and by his will left to his son, Spencer West. That this son died before attaining the age of twenty one years, and he was sold for the purpose of effecting a division among the persons claiming under Spencer West. That at the sale, he was purchased by Maxamilian Boush Butt of Norfolk County, he was at that time about eighteen years old. That he was owned by Mr. Butt for four years, during all which time, he behaved in an obedient manner and industriously, and succeeded in gaining the good will of all his Master's family. But Mr. Butt became involved in debt, and your Petitioner was sold to satisfy his Master's creditors. He was purchased by George R. Corprew Esq. of Princess Ann County to whom the usefulness, integrity, and industry of your petitioner were well known, and he continued in the service of the said George R. Corprew Esq. till his death, ever useful to his Master by his unwearried attentions in the discharge of his duties, and gaining his esteem and regard, by the interest always evinced by your petitioner in all those things submitted to his care, And as a proof of the confidence of his master in his honesty and faithfulness, he was sometimes allowed to attend to his business in making purchases of articles necessary in carrying on the affairs of an extensive farm and lumber business. Mr. Corprew died about three years ago, and as a reward for the devoted service, honest character, and obedient and respectful demeanor of your petitioner