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Hope, Judith: Petition, Richmond City

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To the honorable the speakers and members of both Houses of the Legislature of Virginia, the Petition of Judith Hope respectfully sheweth. That the is the daughter of a man of color named Caesar Hope who for many years followed the business of a barber both in the town of Williamsburg and City of Richmond, and who by a long course of perseverence and industry in business collected a comfortable living. For the respectability of this old man in his humble station, your petitioner can with confidence appeal to the oldest and most distinguished inhabitants of both the places just mentioned, to whom her father was well known. That the mother of your Petitioner at the time of her becoming the wife of the said Caesar Hope and for several years afterwards was a slave, but was subsequently purchased and emancipated by him, and to bestow the same advantages whom your petitioner and her brother, who were born in slavery, and the latter of whom is since dead, appears to have been a capital object of her fathers exertions. A copy of the testament and last will of the said Caesar Hope is herewith exhibited, by which will be seen the direction to the late Edmund Randolph Esqr, therein named the executor, to purchase and to emancipate your Petitioner and her late brother. The benificient intentions of her father have as yet been totally disappointed, owing no doubt in part to the ignorance inseparable from his situation, and partly to his inability at any period before his death to [compass?] the means of effecting those intentions. The Act of Assembly of the