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North, Richard: Petition, Richmond City

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To the Honorable the speakers of the Senate and House of Delegates in the Virginia Assembly. The petition of Richard North, respectfully represents, to your honorable body, that on the 14th day of April 1810, a certain Patsy Jackson a free woman of color, being seized in fee of a house and lot in the city of Richmond, duly made and published her last will and testament in writing, whereby she [decreed? devised?] to your petitioner the said house and lot, and shortly thereafter departed this life. Not long after her death your petitioner called on William J Dunn and William McKinnon two of the witnesses thereto, (himself being the third.) to attend the September term of the county court of Henrico in the year 1870, to prove the will, which was done by McKinnon, as will appear by a copy of the will, and an order of the said county court to which your petitioner begs leave to refer. When your petitioner applied to the said Wm J Dunn to attend the said court to prove the will, he positively refused, and [averred?], if compelled to attend, he would not prove the will, unless your petitioner would agree to give him one half of the property. This proposition being too monstrous to be listened to for a moment, your petitioner instantly left him, and determined to coerce his attendance. Not believing it possible, the said Dunn when under the obligation of an oath, could hesitate to say that