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Petition from Inhabitants of Fauquier County (December 7, 1831)

In this petition to the General Assembly, dated December 7, 1831, citizens of Fauquier County request that all African Americans in Virginia be removed to Africa.

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The undersigned inhabitants of the County of Fauquier respectfully declare that they believe the time has arrived when it is highly expedient that the General Government should possess the power to raise and appropriate money to transport free persons of Color to the coast of Africa, and also, the power to purchase slaves and transport them likewise:

Therefore, they petition the Legislature to take the earliest and most effective means to procure an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which will give the Congress of the Union, power to pass the necessary Laws to carry the above states objects.