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Sam: Petition, Fauquier County

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To the Honorable the Speaker and Members of the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia in General Assembly convened the petition of Sam a free mulatto respectfully represent that your petitioner as far back as ten years ago contracted with his then master Edward Digger Sr. of Fauquier County for the purchase of his freedom for the sum of five hundred dollars and in pursuance of said contract his said Master conveyed him at the instance of the late Matthew Harrison to Richard Brent in trust upon condition that as soon as he should have paid to his Master the aforesaid sum of money Your Petitioner should be free. Since that time your Petitioner by great exertion himself and through the aid of benevolent friends has been able to pay the whole of the said five hundred dollars, so that he has been now for twelve months intitled to his freedom, and the said trustee and your Petitioners former Master are now ready and disposed to execute in his favor a proper deed CN-1