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1. To the Honorable Judge of the Circuit Court for the County of Prince Edward. Humbly complaining sheweth unto Your Honor, your Orator Edward Williams that in the year 18[14?] he was the owner of five likely and valuable slaves to wit. Sally a woman about 28 years of age. Pauline about 14 years. Jane about 10 years. Monroe about 8 years and Indiana about 4 years of age- the last four of whom were of one family-and mulattoes-that at the same time he had become somewhat embarrassed in his pecuniary affairs and was then [illegible] by one of his creditors and was therefore anxious to [illegible] money lent your Orator was unwilling for particular reasons to part with said slaves unless he could make some arrangement by which he should be permitted to redeem them. In this state of things he offered to sell the said