Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680501 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Petersburg
Location Type:City
Salutation:To the honorable the Speaker and Members of the House of Delegates
Filing Date:1805-December-4
Ending Date:1805-December-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Graham Bell, a man described in a related petition by citizens of the town of Petersburg as a "Mulatto man," represents to the court in this petition that he posted $500 as security when his son was accused of forging a bond and "examined for the imputed offence by Greensville county court." When indictment was handed down by the grand jury, the son absconded and the father was left with a substantial debt. Bell contends that if he is forced to pay the bond he would lose all that he has acquired over many years by his "industry and frugality" to support his large family and protect them from "indigence and want." He asks the legislature to interpose its mercy and secure him against the loss of the "pittance acquired by sweat and labor of a whole life."
Result:claims, reasonable, bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:See PAR #11680502
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11680501

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/20/2009 11:53:00 AM