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To the General Afsembly of Virginia, The Petition of negroes Edward, his wife Henrietta a [Henry?] and their child Adam free persons. respectfully represent- That they were emancipated by the last will and testament of Sarah Rollings dec on account of their good behavior to her and promises made for their support and maintenance- That they made application to the County Court of Warren for permifsion to reside within the said county [pursuant?] to the promises f the Act of afsembly pafsed March 22 1837. The magistrate was duly summoned to consider of the application a large majority of [them?] attended, the attorney for the Commonwealth being present and [resisting?] the application, witnefses were sworn and [examined?], and the Court was unanimously of opinion, that your petitioners had proved their character to be in [illegible] with the requisition of the [largest?] the leave was not granted, the requisite majority of three fourths not voting for it, because "they believed it to be impolite to grant the leave in any instance in said county, in [causing?] [illegible] of the number of free negroes, in the county". Nine magistrates voted in favor of granting the permifsion and five against it. It [does?] not [harm?] your petitioners to say that the Justices who voted against granted the permifsion [illegible] in their construction of the law, but they are advised, that it was [intently?] the intention of the Legislature, that the permifsion should be granted where the applicants proved that their characters were such as the law required. If the law is so construed as to give the County Courts the same [disention?] which the Legislature has, to refuse altho the applicants may prove that their characters as such, the law requires the consequences will be, that the same general law will operate differently in the different [counties?] of the Commonwealth [illegible] the privilege held out