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Jones, Elvira: Petition, Richmond City

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We whose names are hereunto subscribed, have been many years acquainted with Elvira Jones; some of us have known her from her childhood. We have been informed that it is her intention to petition the Legislature at its approaching session for permission for herself and her two children to remain in this State; and being requested to state our opinion of her character, we deem it due to justice to declare, that it has appeared to us highly meritorious, and becoming her station in life. We have been informed that by a course of industry and prudence, she has been enabled to save enough to purchase herself and children, and acquire some little property to subsist upon. The reg'd [required] rule imposed by the Legislature upon persons situated like herself, however useful as a general rule, was surely never designed for indiscriminate application both to the worthy and unworthy. We have reason to believe that to grant in the present instance the privilege about to be applied for would so far from proving detrimental, be an indulgence to a person useful to the community in which she at present resides; and we sincerely hope it may be granted. [illegible] Dyer Wm. [William] J. Robertson Chs. [Charles] J. Fox Seymour Scott Tho. [Thomas] Williams Reuben Ragland Nelson F. Shelton Thos. [Thomas] J. Dickinson Andea [Andrew?] Sweeny Wm. Michaels Edmd [Edmond] Mally W. L. L. B. Jones Joseph Kurrbrough Geo. [George] Woodson [illegible] Kipping