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To the Honorable the Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Amelia: to wit:

Humbly complaining show unto your Honor your Orators Billy Booker, John and William Peyton, who have of this Court being first had and retained, sue in forma pauperis that they were slaves of Thomas Blankenship late of the County of Amelia and now deceased: that by his last Will and Testament which has been duly admitted to probate by the County Court of Amelia an official copy of which is herewith filed on part of this bill the said Blankenship emancipated your Orators: that besides emancipating them he gave them by the same clause of his will, the 2nd clause, a legacy of fifty dollars each and directed his Executor to invest $250 in land for return in one of the new slave holding states and to pay their expenses in giving to the same; at least such is the instruction and proper usury [?] as your Orators are advised: After giving off since other legacies the Testator advised and bequeathed the residue of his Estate to the children of Efford Hobson who at the time making his will as well as of his death were Mary J., Alfred A., Engbert T. & Lysander Hobson.