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Johnson, William: Petition, Tyler County

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To the Honorable the house of Delegates of Virginia Your memorialist William Johnson of Tyler County represents that he is the owner of thirteen negroe slaves whom he is anxious to emancipate, and send to one of the colonies on the cont.of Africa. Your memorialist represents that he has several times applied to the American colonization party, and offered to emancipate the said slaves provided the society would provide the means of transporting them to Africa; but the agents of the society, [transfer?] & [illegible] much [whisteder] on the project yet they have delivered doing any thing in aid of the wishes of your memorialist, from a want of funds. Your memorialist further represents, that in 1833 an act of the legislature was passed appropriating eighteen thousand dollars annually for five years for the [removal?] of free negroes from Virginia to Africa, but [illegible] to the [courthouse?] given to this act by the creditor, your memorialist was unable to obtain any part of these funds for the removal of his slaves. Your memorialist represents that the said slaves are young, and healthy, that they have been raised to labour