Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183905 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit exercising Chancery Jurisdiction therein for the county of Perry (, )
Filing Date:1839-March-25
Ending Date:1839-July-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Michael Wright asks the court not to execute a previous judgment against him in the matter of payment for slaves he purchased from Ezekiel Salmon and Zera Davis. Wright says that in 1837, he paid the two men three thousand dollars for four slaves: "a negro boy slave named Dave, a negro boy slave named Jack and a negro woman slave Mariah and her child." Wright says Salmon and Davis "falsely and fraudulently represented to your orator that the said negroes ... were sound in body and in mind and entirely free & exempt from any disease or ailment whatever," and states that Mariah and Dave "are and were at the time of said sale diseased and wholly worthless and of no value." Wright refused to pay the remaining balance, and the defendants successfully sued him. The petitioner pleads that his lawyer was negligent in his defense and seeks an injunction preventing Salmon and Davis from carrying out the judgment, believing "that in equity and conscience they ought not to have or demand to have from your orator anything more than the said fifteen hundred dollars already paid ... the said sum being of the full value of the said negroes in their diseased condition."
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Fiat, 26 March 1839; Release of Errors, Michael Wright, 26 March 1839; Bond, Michael Wright [Missing Pages], ca. March 1839; Answer, E. J. Salmon [Missing Pages], 11 April 1839; Dismissal, 8 July 1839
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20183905

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Dallas County Courthouse Annex, Selma, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Chancery Records, Records 1839, Vol. A
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  • Volume: A
  • Page: 117-121, 128
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Processing Information

Record Created:4/29/1998
Record Final Edited:7/9/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/21/2007 9:24:00 AM