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MacPherson, Christopher: Petition, Richmond City

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To all to whom these presents may come or in any manners concern, Know ye that I David Ross of the City of Richmond as a reward for the fidelity and integrity of Christopher McPherson well known to me from his earliest years to this date altho doomed to slavery under the laws of this State, I have long since Emancipated him, and this day give it all the forms required by Law, Whereof in consideration; aforesaid and the farther Consideration of five shillings to me in hand paid by the said Mulatto man, Christopher MacPherson aged about twenty nine or thereabouts. I do by these presents Emancipate and set free the said Christopher and I for myself my heirs executors and administrators, do, relinquish, all my right, title Interest and Claim whatsoever as a slave to the said Christopher either to his person or to any estate he may acquire, without any interruption, from me or any other person, or persons Claiming by form or under me, hereby acknowledging the said Christopher McPherson, to be henceforth entitled to all the privileges of a free born person. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this second day of June one thousand seven hundred and ninety two. David Ross (Seal) Teste William Pasteur, Wm Vannerson, Lew[is] Jones e Ab.