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Lucy: Freedom Suit, Petersburg City

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To the Honble [Honorable] John F. May, Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery for the Town of Petersburg. Humbly complaining shews to your Honor, Your oratx: Lucy, a woman of colour. That her late Mistress Mary L Parish departed this life after having duly made & published her last Will & Testament in writing, an attached copy of which is hereunto annexed. That your oratrix was an obedient, faithful & honest slave to her said Mistress & was her acting Maid for many years & that she by the aforesaid Will not having the entire ownership of your oratrix, directed that your oratrix & two other slaves, who jointly belonged to her & her Brother & sister, should be bought in, by her Executor and that she should be free on Condition that she would go to Liberia. That your oratrix has been held in slavery ever since her Mistress's death, by her executrix, they alledging that her debts had not yet been paid and she is advertised for sale and by a Decree of Nottoway County Court, which advertisement is hereto annexed, after more than a lapse of five years, without any reason being assigned for it. That she said Mrs Mary L. Parish left ample funds to