Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681002 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Petersburg
Location Type:City
Salutation:To the honorable the Speaker and Members of the house of Delegates of Virginia
Filing Date:1810-December-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:"[Y]our petitioner was born, and to this hour remains, a Slave," James Butler began. Having always conducted himself to gain the good will and esteem of whites, and having paid his master for his freedom, Butler asks for an act of emancipation. He "is now considerably advanced in years" and had long hoped to enjoy freedom in his latter days. But to leave his family within twelve months as the law requires would put him in a state "infinitely more galling" than bondage. He seeks permission to remain in Virginia. John Osborne, Butler's current owner, joins in his "prayer" to the legislature and various citizens of the county offer a certificate of good conduct.
Result:reasonable, reported
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Testimonial, R. Bate, 6 May 1805; List of .Subscribers, ca. 1810
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11681002

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/20/2009 11:53:00 AM