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Boswell, Betsy: Petition, Rockingham County

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To the Genl assembly of Virginia The undersigned citizens of the Town of Harrisonburg and of the county of Rockingham would Respectfully represent to the Genl assembly that they have understood that a petition will be presented to your Honourable Body at the general session by a certain Elizabeth Bozwell a free woman of colour Residing in the Town of Harrisonburg praying that she may be permitted to Remain as a Resident in this Commonwealth. Your memorialists have from a sad experience found the Residence of such people Among them to be a Nuisance and a curse to society and would therefore express to the Genl assembly the Earnest wish & hope that the policy of the state will not in the present instance be Departed from, but that the prayer of the petitioner will be rejected, particularly as the Village of Harrisonburg now contains in its population not less than 90 people of this colour, to the Great Anoyance and Detriment of the Good Citizens of the Village and county and your memorialists as in Duty Bound will Ever pray &c Nov. 15th 1827 Joseph Bywater B. G Quinn James Duff Wm Rogers H. M. Darnall Gideon Salvage Jacob Yost James Mallory [illegible] Booz Nathaniel G. Hoid William Bridges John C. Kline S. S. Rutherford A. Brocke David Lincoln Abner Fawcett Joseph Coffman James Laird Philip Ligget Thomas Harrison Ab. Lincoln Andrew McClellan William B. Yancey David M. Kyle Robert M Kyle D. Leflance Henry Herron Samuel Ligget David Stule