Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681115 Details

Location Type:City
Salutation:To the Honble the general assembly of the commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1811-December-2
Ending Date:1811-December

General Petition Information

Abstract:Free black Thomas Brewster acquired his freedom some time before the passage of 1806 law, but due to "causes which it was not in his power to prevent" he obtained his emancipation deed only recently. The law requires that he emigrate, but he hopes to remain in Virginia. Brewster modestly informs the court that it "does not become him to speak of his character; but he will beg leave to refer to the testimonies accompanying" his petition of "a number of the most respectable inhabitants of the city of Richmond." We learn from a related document that, as early as 1802, one William Austin had told of his intention to purchase Thomas Brewster, then known as Tom, for the purpose of emancipating him, but that he could not do so "untill some Orphan children come of age to whom the said Thos belonged."
Result:to lie on table
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Testimonial, David Dullock, Thomas Wilson, et al., November 1811; Testimonial, A. B. Venable, 2 December 1811; Affidavit, David Bullock, 7 December 1811; Copy of Notice, VIRGINIA PATRIOT, 27 September 1811
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 11681115

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:10/7/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/20/2009 2:37:00 PM