Johnston, Samuel: Petition, Fauquier County
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To the Honorable General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Your petitioner Samuel Johnston a free man of Colour Humbly sheweth, that in the year upon the recommendation of divers respectable citizens of this Commonwealth & in Consideration of faithful Services and singular good Conduct; an act of your honourable body was passed authorizing the emancipation of your petitioner. That subsequent to the passage of said act, the deportment of your petitioner has been uniformly upright, industrious, & moral, that by honest exertions, he has accumulated a tolerable estate, Consisting of real and personal property; that he has acquired the ownership of three slaves to wit his wife Patty aged, his daughter Lucy, aged , & his son Samuel aged, That the Conduct of said slaves, and the management of your petitioner, towards them, has merited and met with the approbation of all the most sober and prudent part of the Community. Your petitioner further sheweth that from feelings incidental to all men, and peculiar to those individuals who have led the harmless and unexceptionable life of your petitioner; he is desirous and anxious to Set free, the said slaves & would long ago have executed a Deed of emancipation had he not been intimidated by the penalties of the Statute which requires their speedy departure from the Commonwealth. Your petitioner therefore humbly seeks from your honourable body, the passage of an act whereby the said Slaves, when emancipated, will be permitted to continue inhabitants of this Commonwealth, by which your petitioner in his declining years will be secured in the enjoyment of those natural blessings; and domestic Comforts; to which, from his long, and faithful Service, as well as his Virtuous