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Edward; Hamilton; & Adam: Petition, Warren County

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At a Court held for the County of Warren on the 4th Thursday in August 1837 being the 24th day of the month. The magistrates of this county having been summoned to attend at this court to consider the application of Negroes Edward and his wife Henrietta or Henny and Adam emancipated by the last Will and Testament of Sarah Rollings decd. [deceased] to be permitted to remain in this County pursuant to the provisions of an act of the General Assembly of this Commonwealth passed 22nd March 1837 entitled "An Act amending the laws concerning emancipated slaves, free Negroes and Mulattoes" This said Negroes this day appeared by their counsel (the attorney for the Commonwealth being present and defending the application) and it being proved to the satisfaction of the Court that Notice of this application has been posted at the front door of the Court house of this County for at least two months immediately preceding this application, and that they were emancipated since the first day of May 1836 and residents of this County since their emancipation and sundry witnesses being sworn and examined and the arguments of Counsel heard Whereupon the Court was unanimously of the opinion that the said negroes have proved their characters to be in accordance with the requisitioning of the act of assembly the following Justices voted in favor of granting the leave asked Viz Samuel Simpson, Samuel Gardner, Mordenia Cloud, Abner Smith, Chancy Gatewood, Thomas Buck, Wilford G Settle, Gibson N. Roy and Samuel Kendrick 9. and the following Justices voted against granting the leave asked to wit George N Blakemore, Rod. M. Marshall, John [O? J? S?] Davison, John Rust and Isaac N Buck 5. so that the leave to remain in the County is refused there not be the required majority in favor of it[.] The Justices Voting in the negative doing so because they believe it to be impolite to grant the leave in any instance in Warren County in consequence of the number of free negroes now in said County. A copy Teste Ror. Tamer C.W.C.