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Burruss, Henry : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City

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To the honorable William H Lyons judge of the Hustings Court of the City of Richmond:

The petition of Henry Burruss respectfully represents that he is on trial before Joseph Mayo Mayer of the City of Richmond and the said Mayor is trying your petitioner as a free negro and the said Mayor is about to sentence your petitioner as a free negro to receive five lashes for being in the City of Richmond without a register. Your petitioner sets forth in the affidavit to which this petition is subjected the facts which shew that a writ of prohibition should issue against the said Joseph Mayo, Mayor of the City of Richmond, prohibiting him from or condemning your petitioner as a negro or mulatto under any ordinance of the said city of Richmond, and your petitioner prays that the Commonwealth's writ of prohibition be awarded and issued in conformity to the Statutes of the State of Virginia. And your petitioner will every pray &c Henry his X mark Burruss Witness A H Sands