Darmsdatt, George & Patsey: Petition, Richmond City
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Your Petitioners respectfully represent that they were born slaves within this Commonwealth, and have successfully lived with Gentlemen in the City of Richmond, all of whom are ready to offer to your Hon'ble [Honorable] Body Certificates of the uniformly good & meritorious conduct of your Memorialists. That the present Mr. Peyton Drew of Richmond who is the owner of your Memorialists, has expressed a desire to have them emancipated and has given a Certificate to that effect. Your Memorialists, convinced that it would be vain and useless to say anything in praise of themselves, begs the favor of Your Hono'ble Body to examine the various documents which have been furnished in their favor, and which are calculated to shew the grounds upon which this application for the passage of a special act of the Legislature for the purpose of emancipating your Memorialists is made. They therefore humbly pray that Your Ho'ble Body will take their case into consideration, and if you shall be of opinion that the general & uniform good conduct which the Documents hereto annexed describe to Your Memorialists is satisfactorily established, that they may be permitted to remain within this Commonwealth, and purtake [partake] of the blessings of liberty. And your Memorialists as in duty bound will ever pray &c.