Cook, William & Eliza: Petition, Richmond City
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To the Honble [Honorable] Speaker of the House of Delegates & Members of the General Assembly of Virginia. The Petition of William Cook and Eliza his wife the City of Richmond respectfully shew That your Petitioner Eliza Cook late Eliza Binford, is a native born citizen of this State, and that her Father James Binford removed to the County of Northampton in the State of North Carolina, where died, and that thereafter, your Petitioner William Cook intermarried with the said Eliza, and that they are now residents and inhabetants [inhabitants] as foresaid. That upon the Death of the said James Binford, they were intitled [entitled] to eight Slaves namely Watt, Alfred, Isaac, Collin, Sandy, Charles, Harry, Abraham and Dice, all of whom or their ancestors are Virginia born, and were carried to North Carolina by the said James Binford upon his removal thither. Your Petitioners most respectfully represent, that by the now existing Laws of this Commonwealth they are prevented from bringing the said Slaves into this State: That persons similarly situated have hitherto met with the indulgance of removing slaves into this State, by special provision of your Hon[ora]ble Body, and as those slaves have been raised in the Family, and their dispositions and qualities so well known, and so highly approved, they feel an insuperable objection to selling them, and yet they are deprived of their services, without the enlightened aid of the Legislature, by extending to your Petitioners a similar indulgence which other applicants, under similar circumstances have experienced. They therefore pray that an act may be passed, authorising them to bring the said Slaves into this State, under such regulations as have prevailed in other cases, to guard against abuses, by introducing, any others, of a different description, and your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. Wm Cook Eliza Cook