Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681131 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Sussex
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Speaker of the Senate and the house of Delegates of the Virginia Legislature in Richmond assembled
Filing Date:1811-December-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:Forty-five inhabitants of Sussex County urge the emancipation of a slave named Jacob, who was manumitted by the will of the late John Holt. They report that Holt's executor petitioned the legislature at the last term to free the said slave and "that a bill did pass the house of Delegates by a large majority, liberating the said Slave Jacob"; however, "the bill was rejected by a very small majority in the Senate." The petitioners, having "been acquainted with the said Slave Jacob for a Number of years," consider "him a very industrious, sober, honest, & careful Negro." They therefore pray that the "last and most solemn wishes of the said John Holt may be carried into effect, by the passage of a Law, by your honorable body fully and completely emancipating the said Slave Jacob."
Result:laid on table
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Copy of Last Will and Testament of John Holt, 19 May 1810; see PARs #11681022, #11681130, #11681307
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11681131

Slaves:21
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:10/11/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/11/2009 3:31:00 PM