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Brewster, Thomas: Petition, Richmond City

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City of Richmond (To Wit) This day David Bullock personally appeared before me the Recorder for the City aforesaid, and made Oath that Majr. Wm. Austin decd. informed this deponant often times, and as this deponant believes as early as the year 1802 that he had money in his hands to purchase Tom the Barber a lad of Colour who is now called Thomas Brewster, that the money as this deponant was informed by said Austin was laid out in Bank Stock, as the purchase could not be made untill some Orphan children came of age to whom the said Thos. belonged. that the money was left with the said Austin to purchase said Thomas that he might be emancipated, as said Austin often informed this deponant. Given under my hand the 7 Decr. 1811. Thomas Wilson