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In The General Assembly of the State of Virginia

The Petition of William L. Lewis of the County of Londaun Humbly [Theweth]. That you Petition hath intermarried with a certain, Miss Ann Danninton of the State of Maryland who was Popped of four slaves. Your Petitioner is informed that at the opinion 1805 of the Virginia Assembly a Law Passed which will prevent your Petitioner from bringing the said slaves to his place of residence in the state of Virginia this your Petitioner thinks a hardship as he intends the slaves for his own use that he does not wish to be deprived of this or to part with them on any terms whatever.