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To the Honble the speaker & members of the General Assembly the petition of Thomas Mason showeth that your petition is [illegible] of the negroe slaves [illegible] of the name to wit Alice, Charles, Jenny, Molly, Sam, Bob, Jack [illegible] all of whom were born within this commonwealth. Your petitioner is also the owner of lands in Virginia & in Maryland. By the laws of Maryland [illegible] [illegible] lands in both states & residing in either may [illegible] their slaves from Virginia To Maryland for the special [illegible] of working their own lands but not for the purpose of selling or having them to others. About two years past your [orator?] [illegible] the Cases herein before [illegible] to Maryland for the special [illegible] of evoking them on his own land in that state of believing at the time that