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Lee County Virginia November 5th 1816. Dear Sir after my best respects to you the contents of this paper will acquaint you that I wish You to present my case to the house by stating to them that I have a family of Negroes in my possession which I have a mortgage on by a certain Tidance Lane of Clabourne County in the State of Tennessee the number amounts to severe as I before informed you, I being prevailed upon you by Mr Benjamin Cloud and Benjamin Bosey to take a mortgage on sd [said] negroes, Lane is now gone and I never expect to see him again, my wish is to be permitted to remove the sd [said] Negroes out of the state of Tennessee into Virginia as I have not the least desire to sell or dispose of them in any manner. I hope you will condescend so far as to do what is within your power for me. I am with due respect your ever devoted to serve. Moses Ball. John Fulkison, Esqr.

This day came Moses Ball personally before me William Mayers a justice of the peace for the County of Lee and made oath to the above statement Certified by me[.] Wm [William] Sayers this fifth day of November 1816.