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Johnston, Samuel: Petition, Fauquier County

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To the honorable the members of the Virginia Legislature.

Your petitioner Samuel Johnston a free man of colour humbly represents that in consideration of your petitioner faithful services and strong claims to public favour, an act for his emancipation was pass'd by your honorable body in the year of , that your petitioner had subsequently acquired the ownership of his wife Patty and daughter Lucey, that Patty is advanced in years and no longer bears children, that the upright deportment, and good moral character of said Patty and Lucy has acquired to them the favour respect and good wishes of the community generally. That your petitioner with these feelings natural to men whose lives are not blemished with vice or crime, possesses an anxious desire that his wife and daughter should be free and reside with him in the land of their nativity where he has realized property sufficient for their support. Your petitioner therefore hoping that his ardent pursuit of an object, to him most important, and most dear, will not be offensive to your honorable body, humbly requests that an act of your honorable body may be passed, emancipating his said wife and daughter, and permiting them to remain in this State and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray &c. Samuel Johnston