Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20485503 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia sitting in Chancery
Filing Date:1855-June-22
Ending Date:1859-December-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:Edward Lockett, Henry Johnson, and James Berret state that British authorities in Nassau, New Providence Island liberated the slaves aboard the brig Creole, insured by the Merchants Insurance Company. The insurance company reimbursed the slave owners. The petitioners charge that John Pemberton, Liquidator of the Merchants Insurance Company, enlisted their help in prosecuting a claim against the British government for compensation for the slaves. The petitioners inform the court that Pemberton signed a contract promising them one half of any form of indemnity received. They aver that they paid all the expenses for prosecuting the claim, hired special counsel and submitted claims to a commission appointed to settle such disputes between the United States and Britain. Pemberton, however, fraudulently submitted the final claim and prevented the petitioners from transmitting necessary evidence to the commission. As a result, the commission then awarded Pemberton $28,460. The petitioners argue that "without the exertions used by them or those employed by them said award would never have been made to said John Pemberton." The petitioners believe that Pemberton has already received half of the award and fear that unless he is enjoined by the court, he will receive the other half and refuse to pay the petitioners. They seek a subpoena and injunction preventing Pemberton from receiving the remainder of the reward.
Result:granted; appealed; reversed
# of Petition Pages:12
Related Documents:Affidavit, William L. Marcy, 19 June 1853; Decree, n.d.; Court Order, 6 December 1858; Decree, 6 December 1859; Memorial, Edward Lockett, 13 March 1854; Argument of Counsel, Edward Lockett, n.d.; Agreement, John Pemberton, 23 December 1851; Attorney's Report, Howard Johnson, 5 May 1854; Attorney's Report, Howard Johnson, 15 March 1854; Memorial, James Pemberton, 17 April 1854; Attorney's Report to Commissioners, 29 May 1854; Record, London, 9 January 1855
Pages of Related Documents:79

People Associated with Petition 20485503

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:3
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.

  • Records of the United States Circuit Court, Chancery Dockets and Rule Case Files
  • Record Group: 21
  • Document Number 1101
  • Box: 86
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #5

Processing Information

Record Created:7/9/1996
Record Final Edited:12/3/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/6/2006 12:56:00 PM