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The Petition of George Simmons to the General Assembly of Virginia George Simmons a man of colour beGS leave to approach the legislature of his native state and respectfully to [illegible] that sometime about the year 1798 or 9 a certain [Travers?] Daniel Senr of Stafford County influence of by the [illegible] solicitations of William [Sim?] [moves?] your Petitioners father a freeman and by feelings which excite the warmest gratitude of your Petitioner [punch?] [illegible] (the child of a slave) of a [certain?] Enoch Mason for the [illegible] purpose of enlisting him to the [ugbb?]of a freeman. That the sale was made by [illegible] Mason with the same benevolent intentions and upon [conviction?] that he should be emancapated. So soon as the said Daniel was[illegible] by the services of your [illegible] for the [illegible] money. Your [behhavoer] for the states [illegible] while he was int he service of the said Daniel and before his terms of services expired his father William Simmons (to whom he would have been [delivered?]) died. Among his papers was found a will in the hand writing of John [Ford?] the Clerk of Stafford County but unfortunately not signed by the [testator?] and [illegible] necessary to its [illegible] in laws, by this will your [behhavior?] is [illegible] to his freedom. What this will [illegible] of his father your [illegible] in [illegible] that he can establish tot his assembly by the evidence of Mr. Ford. But in as much as it has never been admitted to record or legally proven your Petitioner is [illegible] that at some [future?] [hearing?]