Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11677801 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Williamsburg
Location Type:City
Salutation:To the Honorl the Speaker & House of Delegates
Filing Date:1778-November-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:In May 1776, Charles Lynch contracted with the government to manufacture salt petre and gunpowder with labor performed by "the Negroes then in the Publick Gaol." Lynch was to keep the slaves "untill the Last Day of November 1778" and would be paid from the sale of the gunpowder, deducting the cost of hiring the slaves up to five hundred pounds. In April 1778, however, the governor ordered the black laborers taken to the lead mines, six months before the agreed upon release date. As a result, and due to the incursions of American Indians, he could not make "any considerable Quantity of Salt Petre or Powder" and asks that the contract be adjusted accordingly.
Result:reasonable
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11677801

People Associated with Petition 11677801

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:11/4/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/20/2009 12:06:00 PM