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Johnston, Samuel: Petition, Fauquier County

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[left side] Samuel Johnson Petition a free man of colour J [illegible] Nally Decr. 4th: 1824. refd. to Cts. of J. 1824 Decr 8th Rejected Bill drawn Decr. 8th 1825 refd to Cts. of J 1825 Decr 15. Reasonable addl limiting to Fauquier [right side] Fauquier Nov. 25. 24 I have known Samuel Johnson thirty years, during that time I have not known a moe honest man: his industry aided by he very superior character has enabled him to purchase his freedom, that of his Wife Patty and Daughter Lucy, who, under the Laws of Virginia are his slaves: he has also purchased a house and Lot near this Town, (Warrenton) his wife Patty being past childbirth, and time warning him that he can't stay here much longer, touches his heart with the feelings of a husband and father which induces him to pray the General assembly of this commonwealth that he may give freedom to his wife Patty and only child Lucy, that they may receive the inheritance of his property the reward of an honest, sober and industrious life. James W. Wallace Dq-5