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To the Hon Senate and House of Delegates in Virginia A memorial of citizens of Leesburg Loudoun County Virginia remonstrating against any action of the Legislature to allow any free negroes or mulattoes to remain within the limits of the state contrary to law. Your memorialists respectfully represent that they have learned with regret that a petition is now afloat and shortly to be presented to your Honorable Body praying that two free negroes Billy Watson and Harriet Cook of this town be permitted to remain in this Commonwealth; after having laid themselves liable to the penalty of the law by remaining here more than twelve months after their right of freedom has accrued. Your memoralists are of opinion that the law places the remedy in such cases where it ought to be in the county and corporation county and therefore pray that the petition in favor of said free negroes be not granted. And your memorialists will ever pray &c. Thos R Saunders, [illegible] S Nixon, E Hammat Jany 19 1850