Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680916 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1809-December-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Smoot informs the court that eight or ten years ago his father, a resident of Maryland, died, having bequeathed him "nine or ten slaves," whom he has been unable to bring to Virginia "in consequence of a law passed some years since, prohibiting the introduction of slaves into this state." He explains to the legislative body that he is "permanently established & engaged in agricultural pursuits" in Virginia, having emigrated from Maryland several years prior to the filing of his suit, and that owning slaves in another state is not to his advantage. The slaves are not in his immediate service and they have to be managed at a great distance, Smoot claims. Furthermore, he contends, he is attached to them and they are to him. If he sold them the money would not be as useful to him as the slaves. He seeks permission to bring the slaves into Virginia.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11680916

People Associated with Petition 11680916

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:3/11/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/22/2008 11:28:00 AM