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Gallego, Hembro & Dilsey: Petition, Richmond City

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To the Honorable, The President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State of Virginia, in Assembly met. The Petition of Hembro Gallego, and Dilsy his wife Humbly Sheweth That your petitioners were once the slaves of Mr Joseph Gallego, of the City of Richmond, Merchant: that they are both People of colour, and were emancipated, that is to say, the said Hembro Gallego on the 15th of December 1807, and the said Dilsy was emancipated on the 7th day of July 1801 as duly appears from the Records of the Hustings Court holden for the City of Richmond, a true Copy of which is hereunto annexed. That since the said Emancipation Your Petitioners have followed an honest livelihood, and have possessed themselves of some, valuable real and personal property, which has been acquired by honest Industry, which the annexed Certificate will evidently prove. That from the date of the Deeds of Emancipation your Petitioners suppose, that neither themselves, or their children can in any wise be considered as slaves, and the inherent right of a free person to petition for redress of Grievances, is, as supposed by Your Petitioners, to be an unalienable right warranted by the Constitution. That Your