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Cook, William & Eliza: Petition, Richmond City

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This day William Cook appeared personally before me an Alderman of the City of Richmond and made Oath that he acquiesced title to the Slaves mentioned in this petition to the Honourable Legislature of Virginia in the month of September 1813. By Marriage and that he does not wish to bring them into this State with the View to sell them, That eight of them the said slaves To Wit, Watt, Isaac, Colin, Sandy, Hall, Abraham, Charles, Goulds & Dice, were brought into this Commonwealth soon after his said marriage under a belief that he had a Right so to do, and that he omitted to give in a statement of the Age, Sex &c. of said slaves as required by the Law of January 1813 from an ignorance of the provisions of said Law. This affiant further states that the father of his wife resides within the state of N. Carolina, about 400 yds from the Virginia boundary line, & that the said slaves were frequently worked on a part of the plantation lying in the State of Virginia;