Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20480301 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable the judges of the circuit court of the district of columbia, for the county of washington, sitting in chancery,
Filing Date:1803-July-22
Ending Date:1805-October-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:Charles Minifie seeks satisfaction of a debt owed him by Nathaniel Brashears. Brashears offered his male slave Patrick as collateral for a debt to Robert Cherry in the sum of $226.59. Cherry then assigned the debt and Patrick's bill of sale to Minifie "for valuable consideration." The petitioner asserts that Brashears has not paid said debt by its due date and "by reason of such nonpayment, the said writing, being a bill of sale of personal property, with a condition which was forfeited, became absolute." Minifie further charges that Brashears "took and kept possession of the said negro man slave, and refuses to deliver him to the complainant pursuant to the bill of sale before mentioned." He asks that Brashears be decreed to pay the debt and "that on failure to pay the same, the said bill of sale may be decreed to be absolute."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Decree, 5 October 1805
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 20480301

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.

  • Records of the United States Circuit Court, Chancery Dockets and Rule Case Files
  • Record Group: 21
  • Box: 2
  • Folder: 20

Processing Information

Record Created:11/29/1995
Record Final Edited:10/4/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/2/2005 3:09:00 PM