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Jones, Elvira: Petition, Richmond City

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To the Honorable the Speakers and Members of both houses of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia the Petition of Elvira Jones a woman of color, on behalf of herself and of her two children Julia Ann and William, respectfully setteth forth. That your Petitioner whose lot it hath been to be born in bondage, hath for some years past been the property of Wm. Samuel Carlisle of the City of Richmond. That by reason of the kindness and indulgence of the Master to whom she thus belonged opportunities have been afforded her of applying to her own advantage portions of her time and labor, and by the same means of becoming possessed of some small pecuniary resources. Your Petitioner having with much economy and care husbanded and improved her small savings, and finding that they had increased far beyond any original expectation or hope even on her part, was at length induced to enter into an agreement with her said master for the purchase of herself and her two children above mentioned; and in consequence of a liberal extension of the periods of payments & of the smallness of the installments accepted of her, she hath been enabled to pay the price stipulated for with her said Master; and to purchase likewise an