Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11682003 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable General assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1820-December-13

General Petition Information

Abstract:On 26 December 1819, Pleasant Waller's slave Abraham was murdered by a slave named Primus, belonging to Ayres Hodnett. Tried and convicted, Primus was sentenced to death, but "the Executive of this Commonwealth" commuted the sentence to transportation and sale beyond the limits of the United States. Waller complains that although Hodnett, the owner of the murderer, was compensated--Primus was sold at a fair priceā€”he, the owner of the victim, who was an innocent observer, remains uncompensated. He seeks reimbursement. Several related documents contain the testimonies of slaves, belonging to different owners, who recount the fight between Abraham and Primus that led to Abraham's death. The fight occurred over an insulting remark made by a third party regarding the leaden style of dancing of Primus's wife, Dilsey. The altercation started in the course of a social gathering in the kitchen of one of the owners.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Record of Trial, Commonwealth v. Primus, 28 December 1819
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 11682003

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:4

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/16/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/18/2009 11:05:00 AM