Gideon Blackburn represents that "divine providence has blessed a Negro man named Jack now the property of your petitioner with uncommon talents a philanthropic disposition and a serious mind" and that said Jack "hath acquired a tolerably good education by which he may be qualifyed in moralizing and Christianizing his unfortunate black brethren." Being "desirous that he may be liberated from slavery," Blackburn prays "that a law be passed for his emancipation and that he may in future be Known by the name of John Gloucester."
Result: Referred to committee of propositions and grievances.
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Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee