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Title:[Legal petition] [to] Tennessee State Legislature / Citizens of Bedford County, Tennessee : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Citizens of Bedford County, Tennessee

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Date: ca. 1850
Extent: 2 p
Summary:This document is a legal petition signed by the citizens of Bedford County, Tennessee. The petition asks for a clause to be entered into the state Constitution that will emancipate all of the slaves held in Tennessee by the year 1866. Both slaveholding and non-slaveholding citizens signed the petition.
Collection:Memorial to the Honorable Convention of the State of Tennessee

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MEMORIALTo the Honorable Convention of the State of Tennessee , to convene in Nashville in May next.

[added: from Bedford Co [County] ]WE your humble Petitioners knowing the evil of SLAVERY, and believing that our State has, and yet continues to labour [labor] under disadvantages, which cannot be remedied while Slavery is tolerated by her laws, pray your Honorable Body, to insert a clause in the revized [revised] or amended Constitution of this State, affecting the gradual emancipation of Slaves, so that it shall be a free state against the year 1866.

2d. [Second] And make it the duty of the Legislature to Colonize them, when they are emancipated and we your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Allen [unclear: Lecper ] John Fisher
William D. Ewing Ezekiel C Cook
James Miller James Battan
Allen N Woods William Bills
Jos. [Joseph] O. Dysart [unclear: Thos. [Thomas]Coffey ]
Sam J. Cuningham Andrew Miller
Robt [Robert] Dysart James W. Coffey
John Miller James L. Woods
Samuel Ramsey John Dysart Senr [Senior]
John Dysart Andrew Dysart
James L Ewing L D Stockton
Sherwood Baty Allen Coffey
Robert Williams Milton H Dysart
VB Martin
M R Wallis
Daniel C [unclear: Percy ]
William Martin
Alexr [Alexander]. C Denry
Joel Bradley
Samuel [unclear: Dyders ]
Francis B. Woods
John McClarey
Robert W Dysert
John H Miller
James Fullerton
Robert Cowdon
Reuben Yarbrough
Robert C Dysart
Albert Anderson
Edwin C Hunter
Jos [Joseph] H Miller
James Patterson

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[added: Citizens of Bedford

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