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DePass, Sarah: Petition, Richmond City

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To the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia now setting in the Capital in the City of Richmond, December 8, 1808 the petition of Sarah DePass Humbly sheweth That your petitioner in the latter end of last December, arrived in the City of Richmond, on a visit to her mother, and family, & brought with her a young negro Girl to wait on her, not knowing that it was contrary to the Laws of this Commonwealth to do so. That your petitioner has heretofore resided in Charleston South Carolina, with her husband Ralph DePass who being in an ill state of health, was ordered by his Physicians in the fall 1807 to go to Jamicia, for the benefit of his health, And your petitioner has not heard from him for some months past, and being desirious of remaining in the State of Virginia, with her mother, & family who are inhabitants of this City, untill your pet[it]ioner shall hear something decisive concerning her husband. Your petitioner is induced to make application to your honorable body that your honorable body in tender consideration of the premises, will pass a Law authorizing your petitioner Sarah DePass, to hold the said negro slave Eliza in bondage, and to relieve your said petitioner, form any fines, penalties, or forteitures which your petitioner under existing Laws may be liable to, or to grant such other reliefs in the premises, as to your honorable body, in your wisdom shall seem meet