Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20881811 Details

Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable Joshua Lewis, Judge of the City District Court of the State of Louisiana, in & for the First Judicial District (LEWIS, Joshua)
Filing Date:1818-July-14
Ending Date:1820-July-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:Benjamin Morgan sues Francis Bourgeois for the loss of a runaway slave and injuries to another slave. Morgan writes that he assigned his "confidential" slave, Walker, to go in search of a runaway slave named Isham. Supplied with the appropriate passports, Walker arrived at a plantation where he encountered Bourgeois, the overseer. Believing that Isham was in the slave quarters, Walker began to inquire among the slaves. When Bourgeois approached him, Walker showed him his passport and explained the situation, asking to take Isham back to the petitioner's plantation. Instead, Bourgeois ordered Walker "seized, stripped and flogged" and, after examination of his back, ordered additional lashes. Walker returned to his master in this condition and now "continues under the hands of the physician." Meanwhile, Isham escaped from the plantation where he was harbored and remains a fugitive. Morgan holds Bourgeois liable for Isham’s escape, as well as for the detrimental effect the whipping has had on the entire slave community. According to Morgan, such action demoralizes the slaves by “destroying the distinction between good and bad slaves." Morgan prays for $1,000 in damages.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PARs #20881531, #20881714; Court record of Case Discontinuation, 1 July 1820
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20881811

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Records of the First Judicial District Court, Case Records
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  • Document Number 1,921
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  • Microfilm: Reel #4, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:12/11/1996
Record Final Edited:9/2/2003
Record Last Updated on:11/16/2005 10:24:00 AM