Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11682708 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honourable the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1827-December-11
Ending Date:1828-January-3

General Petition Information

Abstract:Littleton P. Henderson represents that "the overseers of the Poor of the County of Accomack ... proceeded to sell at public auction many of the free negroes residing in the said county, the proceeds arising from which sale have been paid into the public Treasury to the Credit of the Literary Fund." Henderson further asserts that "amongst the number of free negros thus sold by the said overseers of the Poor, there was a certain Jim Outten who at the time of the sale was in the city of Baltimore, & who had never been in [their] custody." The petitioner, "conceiving the sale to be conducted according to law & knowing the character & worth of the said Jim Outten," admits that he "was induced to bid for him and actually bought him at the price of $50." Henderson reports that the said Jim Outten instituted a freedom suit and "at the last August term of the said Court he recovered a judgement against your petitioner and was restored to his former rights and privileges." Believing "that he has a just and equitable demand against the president & directors of the Literary Fund," the petitioner prays that he be refunded "the purchase money paid by him for the said Jim Outten & legal interest thereon (as he never derived any benefit from the services of the said negro)."
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Certificate, J. Brown Jr., ca. 1827: Copy of Record of Meeting of Overseers of the Poor, Sales of Free Negroes, 5 June 1826; Receipt, Ellis to Littleton P. Henderson, 1 September 1827; Copy of Record, Accomack County Court, Outten v. Henderson, 31 July 1826
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 11682708

Free Persons of Color:8
Other People:8

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:12/1/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:4/3/2009 6:19:00 AM