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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. Your Petitioner therefore Humbly prays that you will pass a law granting have to the Petitioner to bring the said slaves to Laudoun County in the State of Virginia where he resides and where his other Popepians lie under such restrictions as your Honorably body may think proper and your Petiotioner will ever pray. M.L. Lewis