Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20485106 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble. the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for the County of Washington: In chancery
Filing Date:1851-November-19
Ending Date:1855-November-19

General Petition Information

Abstract:Petitioner Elizabeth Jennings shows the court that her sister, Mary [also called Polly] Jennings, a free person of color, has been committed as a "Lunatic," and is dangerous to the public. Elizabeth states that Mary has been committed frequently for the same reasons in the past. The petitioner asks that a committee be appointed to investigate Mary Jennings's sanity, or lack thereof, and issue a writ of lunatico inquirendo.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PAR #20485105; Advertisement, 25 May 1854; Affidavit, Office of the National Intelligencer, 8 October 1854; Order, 12 February 1855; Advertisement, 15 December 1851; Receipt, Gales & Seaton, 15 December 1851; Auction Record, Isaac Cary, 29 December 1851; Auditor's Report and List of Accounts, W. Redin, 7 June 1852; Committee's Report, ca. 1851; Writ de Lunatico Inquirendo, Mary Jennings, 19 November 1851
Pages of Related Documents:14

People Associated with Petition 20485106

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.

  • Records of the United States Circuit Court, Chancery Dockets and Rule Case Files
  • Record Group: 21
  • Document Number 790
  • Box: 72
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #3

Processing Information

Record Created:3/1/1999
Record Final Edited:12/2/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/5/2006 1:39:00 PM