Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20483516 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
Filing Date:1835-November-27
Ending Date:1835-November-27

General Petition Information

Abstract:Mary Anne Gray, a free mulatto woman about seventy years old, has been committed to the Penitentiary Department of the Washington Asylum. She asserts that "Elizabeth Butler and Matilda Anne Butler, the negro women upon whose oaths, your petitioner was committed, are not credible citizens. That the said Matilda Anne Butler is a notorious prostitute; and that the said Eliza Butler, is to say least of her, a drunken, disorderly, and worthless person." The Butlers accused Gray of "using profane language" and of "keeping a house of ill fame." Gray seeks a writ of habeas corpus.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Order, 27 November 1835; Return, ca. 1835; Order, 22 October 1835
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 20483516

Free Persons of Color:3
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.

  • Records of the United States District Court, Segregated Habeas Corpus Papers
  • Record Group: 21
  • Box: 1
  • Folder: 28

Processing Information

Record Created:1/24/1996
Record Final Edited:11/4/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/23/2005 3:57:00 PM