Eighty-seven residents of Dallas County ask that Lewis Edmondson, a free man of color, be permitted to remain in Texas. While the slave of Peter Singleton of Tennessee, Edmondson married a slave belonging to William Edmondson; in his will, Singleton emancipated Lewis Edmondson and appointed William Edmondson to be Lewis's guardian. They further report that Edmondson moved to Texas about 1849, bringing with him Lewis and Lewis's family. The petitioners assert that Lewis "is well Known & respected as an honest industrious and a useful man in the Community." In "consideration of the Sacred obligations of honorable pretention to the marriage right, the endearment of wife and children, the hapiness of a human being, the peace of Society, the Security and comfort of the owner of his wife," the petitioners pray that an act be passed "for the relief of said Lewis and permit him to be and remain a Citizen of the State of Texas."
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Repository: Texas State Library-Archives Division, Austin, Texas