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To the General Assembly of the State of Virginia the petition of William L. Lewis of the County of Loudon Humbly showeth, that your Petitioner hath intermarried with a certain Miss Ann Dunnington of the State of Maryland who was possessed of four slaves [illegible] Joseph Stephen Peter & {Lintha] and your Petitioner is informed that at the [session?] of [1805] of the Virginia Assembly a law [illegible] which will prevent your petitioner from bringing the four slaves to is 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 them or to pat with them on any terms whatever Your petitioner therefore humbly