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to the interest of his said infant son touching the said slave Margaret, nor can he induce any competent person to take charge of her and hire her out, in as much as no one known to hour petitioner, is willing to incur the liability, or risk, of taking charge of an infant property - your petitioner never having qualified as guardian to his said infant son [underscore] in Virginia [underscore], has no authority to act himself, or to appoint an agent to act in the promises for his said infant son; your petitioner however has qualified as guardian of his said infant son, in Milwaukie County, in the state of Wisconsin, and has given [land] and [security ] for the faithful performance of his [duty] as such, as will appear by a copy of the records of said county herewith filed [bearing] [ illegible] the 18th day of June 1846. Your petitioner further states that he is advised that the law of this state relating to (underscore) non resident (underscore) [guardian?] does not authorize a sale of the said slave Margaret.

 In [illegible] consider consideration of the promises your petitioner  humbly