Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681706 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:to the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1817-December-11
Ending Date:1817-December-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:On a trip to Kentucky, slaveholder George Whitlocke took along his personal servant Edmund, but when Edmund misbehaved Whitlocke left him behind in Kentucky "as a method of punishment." Several years later, Edmund is still in Kentucky, but, Whitlocke says, he has expressed "great contrition for the offence he had committed" and is very anxious to return to Virginia. For his part, Whitlocke, who inherited Edmund from his parents, is loathe to leave him in Kentucky. And "he was about to give orders for" Edmund's return, "when he was told, to his surprise, that he could not do so without violating a law of the commonwealth." Edmund, Whitlocke avers, "was raised with great care & tenderness by your petitioners parents, with whom he was always a great favorite, & at their death, was left as a specific legacy to your petitioner. Your petitioner regards him, in this point of view, as a memorial of parental affection peculiarly interesting to his feelings, & it would be a subject of deepest regret to him thro his whole life if, by the stern inflexibility of the law, co-operating with his own unfortunate ignorance, the sacred intention of the authors of his existence should be frustrated." Whitlocke seeks permission to bring Edmund back to his "native country."
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11681706

People Associated with Petition 11681706

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/8/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/17/2009 8:35:00 AM