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To the honorable the speaker and house of burgesses. The petition of John Durrett of the county of Spotsylvania Humbly sheweth That Jacob a negro man slave belonging to your petitioner about the 9th of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy two, having broken open a house belonging to Colo. John Thornton of the county of Caroline at a place called long branch in the said county of Spotsylvania, and having stolen thereout sundry wearing apparel of the value of twenty shillings in the possession of negro Plato belonging to the said Thornton, was by a warrant under the