Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20979105 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Alexander Contee Hanson Esquire Chancellor of Maryland (HANSON, Alexander Contee)
Filing Date:1791-May-23
Ending Date:1791-May-23

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1771, Charles Reynolds purchased a tract of land from Joseph Smith and issued a bond to Smith, with Jeremiah Orme acting as security. Subsequently, Smith assigned the bond to Cunningham Finley & Co. Reynolds paid Cunningham Finley & Co. "one hogshead of old crop Tobacco in part Satisfaction of the Debt due." Cunningham Finley & Co. began a suit against Reynolds and Orme for the remaining sum, but Reynolds claims that he believed the suit was struck off the docket because he did not hear anything else about the case. In 1788, Orme informed Reynolds that he was being sued for the debt. Reynolds, to prevent injury or loss from befalling Orme, sold five slaves to Orme so that Orme could satisfy the debt. Reynolds later applied to the Chancellor of Maryland under the act for "insolvent Debtors." Elly Orme was appointed as his trustee, but when Reynolds attempted to assign all his property to Elly Orme as the act directed, the trustee would not accept the property. Reynolds, believing that he had complied with the law, did not proceed any further. In addition, he explains, he failed to include a slave boy in his list of property because he thought he sold him to Jeremiah Orme. Reynolds now charges that Jeremiah Orme sold the slaves for less than their worth and that he has not applied the money to the bond. Reynolds asks that Jeremiah Orme be subpoenaed and compelled to pay the full value of the slaves.
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:10
Related Documents:Bill of Sale, Charles Reynolds to Jeremiah Orme, 28 February 1788; Endorsements, 28 February 1788
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20979105

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Schweninger Collection
  • Document Number 4261
  • Volume: 4239-5
  • Page: 58
  • Microfilm: M 11081

Processing Information

Record Created:9/13/1999
Record Final Edited:9/26/2001
Record Last Updated on:9/19/2006 4:53:00 PM