Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11678601 Details

Location:New Kent
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Speaker & gentlemen of the Genl Assembly
Filing Date:1786-November-30

General Petition Information

Abstract:James, "a slave belonging to Will Armistead of New Kent county," represents that, "with an honest desire to serve this country," he served as a spy for the Marquis Lafayette. James recounts that "he often at the peril of his life found means to frequent the British Camp by which means he kept open a channel of the most useful communication to the army of the state." The petitioner therefore "intreats that he may be granted that Freedom, which he flatters himself he has in some degree contributed to establish." James further requests that "his present master shall be made adequate compensation for the loss of a valuable workman."
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Certificate, General Lafayette, 21 November 1784, in Luther Porter Jackson, Virginia Negro Soldiers and Seamen in the Revolutionary War (Norfolk, Virginia: Guide Quality Press, 1944)
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11678601

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:3/31/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/22/2008 5:14:00 AM