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Reynolds, Samuel: Petition, Frederick County

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The Petition of Samuel Reynolds Respectfully sheweth that he is a free man of Colour a Native of this state that he was born free and has resided all his life in Virginia that he some years since formed a matrimonial connection with a woman of Colour named Franky who was liberated by her master and owner Charles Beckly previous to the passage of the law by your honourable body directing the removal of all negroes Emancipated after the passage of said out of the Commonwealth within

One year after Their Emancipation That altho actually Emancipated by her master and owner the deed of Emancipation not being recorded according to law until the month of February last past It might be considered Doubtful whether she did not Come within the [precourse] of the before mentioned law. Your petitioner humbly prays your Honourable Body to give some legislative [construct?] to said law upon the Case of his wife or to make some special [illegible] in her favour. He humbly hopes that the importance of the law as it relates to his wife will afford an excuse for his present application: Your petitioner expresses his confidence in the Wisdom and justice of your Honourable Body and hopes that his application will receive the Consideration to what it is entitled and your Petitioner will as in duty bound ever pray -

Samuel Reynolds 13th. Oct. 1872

To The Honourable the Legislature of Virginia - Dg-1