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The Petition in favor of Lucy Bowman is signed by, highly respectable men, who state[?] true, facts, known by them & by me. She is a woman of uncommon character, for a negroe. The counter petition is signed by interested legatees, [?] living. I am the Richard May alluded to in it. I have known that Family well, 18 years. This is the first, I have ever heard of these charges. She acted as his house keeper before the birth of John Winn: Was on the best terms, then & since with her Mistress & the Family. She continued in that capacity (keeper of the keys) of overseer until the death of Wm Winn in last summer. This application was fully known in November. R. May Feby 28th --24