Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20885269 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable J. N. Lea the Judge of the Second District Court of New Orleans (LEA, J. N.)
Filing Date:1852-May-27
Ending Date:1855-April-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Bloodgood of Mobile, Alabama, seeks to rescind his purchase of a female slave and to recover $750, plus interest, from J. M. Wilson of New Orleans. Bloodgood represents that, in 1851, he purchased two female slaves from Wilson, for the price of $650 each. Both slaves "were fully guaranteed against all vices & defects.” Bloodgood now contends that one of the slaves, named Ellen, was in fact “affected with an incurable malady” known as “consumpsion or some kindred disease.” He claims that Ellen was attended by an “eminent physician” and all “proper care and attention” was given to her. Nevertheless, she died on the 16th of October 1851. Bloodgood therefore prays to have the sale rescinded and the purchase price refunded, with interest at the rate of 5% per annum. He also seeks $100 to cover medical expenses and burial costs.
Result:non suit; appealed; affirmed
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Bill of Sale [Fragment], n.d., filed 27 May 1852; Testimonies, Dr. Richard Lee Fearn, et al. [Incomplete], 4 May 1853, 7 May 1853; Reasons for Judgment, 30 May 1853; Judgment, 11 June 1853; Rule for a New Trial, 1 June 1853; Plaintiff's Counsel's Brief to Supreme Court, 2 April 1855; Supreme Court Opinion and Decree, 9 April 1855
Pages of Related Documents:12

People Associated with Petition 20885269

Slaves:2
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: University of New Orleans

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Processing Information

Record Created:11/1/1999
Record Final Edited:2/18/2004
Record Last Updated on:8/22/2006 12:05:00 PM