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Johnson, William: Petition, Tyler County

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December the 1838

Dear Sir:

I have searched for the letters I received from the American Colonization Society I think I gave them to Abraham Samuel last season when he went to the Assembly- I can give you no correct information as to the cost of transportation to Liberia. I have been trying for three years to get my Blacks sent to Liberia & as the American Colonization Society has no funds to send them, I hope you will spare no pains in doing all you can for me at Richmond and for that purpose I will give you a more fuller account of the thirteen Negroes which is as follows Viz)

The woman has teen children Jane is about 38 years old her husband Benjamin [Brien?] is a bout 40 her brother Benjamin Fairfax is about 36 years old They are all a very smart family of negroes the women can weave and do most anything, the men can make shoes, brooms, plows, and most anything a farmer wants made, they can work [some?], in a blacksmith shop; I doubt whether their is a much better family of blacks in Virginia. I hope I shall hear frequently from you this winter- I leave the subject for you to do the best you can, so I remain your humble servant & friend.

William Johnson James Stephenson

their names and age Joseph was born December 3, 1816 Aaron " " December 12th 1820 Mark " " March 30th 1823 [Fancy?] " " February 21, 1825 [Siller?] " " June 1, 1828 Martha " " May 18, 1830 Mariah " " March 24, 1832 James " " February 22, 1836 George was born June 22, 1838