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I Robert Blackburn, of the County of Fairfax understanding that Charles, otherwise Charles Williams, a free man of colour, emancipated under the will of Thos. Sinclair Decd. intends applying to the Legislature for permission to remain in the Commonwealth for a limited period do hereby certify that I have known Charles from his boyhood upto the present time, during a considerable portion of which, he was under my immediate [supervision?], [illegible] and direction, And that he has always sustained the character of a faithful slave, an honest, industrious, sober, correct and orderly Man. Given under my hand this 18th day of Novr. 1835. Robert Blackburn

The undersigned residents of Fairfax County have been acquainted with Charles Williams (a free man of colour) refer[r]ed to in the above certificate, for a number of years and fully concur in the facts stated in relation to his character. Dan'l F Dulany Senr Geo. Baird Tho. [illegible] Jones Ira Gunnell W. W. Ball John C. Peneret

John Blackburn [Nathan? Mothom?] Ball John Vallandingham G. W. [Wrin?] Jno. G. Hunter George Williams N. [D.?] Gunnell Geo. W Gunnell William Swink John Haycock