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District of Columbia Alexandria County to wit Be it remembered, that on this fifth day of April 1823 Joseph E. R. Betton personally appeared before the Subscriber, who is a Justice of Peace for the County aforesaid, and made oath in due form of law, that his removal from the State of Maryland into the District of Columbia and the County of Alexandria was with no view of evading the Laws for preventing the further importation of slaves; and further he made oath, that he has not brought with him any slaves, with an intention of selling them; and that none of the slaves brought into the County aforesaid by him, have been imported from Africa, or any of the West India Islands, since the first day of November 1778. Given under my hand N. S. Hill List of the slaves brought to the County by the affiant, and to which list as specified underneath, he has duly sworn before me Benjamin, aged about twenty five years: about five feet, eight inches high