Johnston, Samuel: Petition, Fauquier County
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We the undersigned have long been acquainted with Samuel Johston the petitioner a free man of colour. We consider ourselves well informed of his character & deportment & believe his conduct to have been so considerably correct & upright as to entitle him to singular public favours. We therefore cheerfully join him in the prayer of his petition.
[left hand column] To the legislature of Virginia Francis W. Brooke J.H. Williams Tho [Thomas] Swann John Gibson Jr. H B Powill M P Brooke D. W. Ford [illegible] Chilton [illegible] Winker H [illegible] Chilton Henry Bayless [illegible] Gregory Z. R. English F. A. Chatman Robert Fisher Jno. [John] A. W. Smith [illegible] A. G. Bourne Thomas A [illegible]
[right hand column] Rob. [Robert] Withers Steptoe Pickett Thompson Ashby Geo. [George] B. Pickett Jno. [John] B Armistead James Pickett Tho. [Thomas] [illegible] Fauntleroy Tho. [Thomas] [illegible] Alfred H. Powell P. N. Nicholas David Burnwell J. Ambler B. Ward Tho [Thomas] L Moore Rob. [Robert] M. Marshall Geo. [George?] Pickett John Walden J. Marshall Jr. Tho [Thomas] Marshall Wm [William] Horner W A. Harris Josiah [illegible] Elias Edmonds
[Page D1-3] Thompsons Farm Fauquier Court House October 15, 1822
I have known Samuel, 10 or 12 year & I have always considered of him a very honest industrious man. He has been a prominent servant in this house. He has been attentive & obliging. James Horner