Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680502 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

General Petition Information

Abstract:Citizens of the town of Petersburg petition on behalf of Graham Bell, a "Mulatto man" they describe as an "Industrious, Honest, Quiet, and Respectable Citizen" who "reflects credit" upon "his station if life" by the "Integrity of his Conduct." They represent to the legislature that Bell posted $500 as security when his son, who, tho' unlike his Father in Conduct, was still a Child," was accused of forging a bond and "examined for the imputed offence at Greenville county court." When an indictment was handed down by the grand jury, the son absconded and the father was left with a substantial debt. The petitioners ask the legislature to intervene for the remission of the penalty; for if execution is levied on his property Bell will lose everything he has worked for. They emphasize that, although not "mixing in the more polished circles of Society," Bell is humble, quiet, and reputable.
Result:claims committee, reasonable, reported
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:See PAR #11680501; Certificate, Archibald Thweat, 13 November 1805; Certificate, James Byrne, 14 November 1805
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11680502

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:0

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:5/20/2009 11:53:00 AM