Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681212 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia now in Session
Filing Date:1812-December-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Gaines represents that he purchased a "very valuable house servant" named Stephen in 1812 from "a certain John Williamson of the State of South Carolina." Gaines states that he realized the next day, however, that said purchase had violated the law prohibiting the introduction of slaves into the state for sale or trade. Unsuccessful in his efforts to nullify his contract, the petitioner reports that the overseers of the poor took Stephen and sold him "with the express intention, that he should be carried into another state & sold." Pleading for the "mercy of the General Assembly," Gaines prays that he be allowed "the proceeds of the aforesaid sale."
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Opinion of the Attorney General, 11 December 1812; Certificate, J. P. Richardson, ca. 1812; Copy of Transcript, Charlotte County Court, Overseers of the Poor v. William Gaines, March--December 1812
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 11681212

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:10/12/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/10/2009 8:01:00 AM