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they have their wives, their husbands, their children to whom they are attached by the fondest concernments. These connections must be dissolved, the chains by which nature has so closely joined them must be burst asunder if by the act "entitled and act concerning the emancipation of slaves" they should be abandoned as exiles from the Country to which they are attached by such strong and endearing relations. Your petitioners therefore humbly pray the Legislature will pass a law specially providing for the said slaves, permitting them to remain in this Commonwealth. Fr &c,