Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20885654 Details

Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Fifth District Court in New Orleans Louisiana (, )
Filing Date:1856-August-27
Ending Date:1856-August-28

General Petition Information

Abstract:George Purves seeks a writ of habeas corpus to release his slave named Jim from the custody of John M. Bell, Sheriff of the Parish of Orleans. Purves represents that Jim has been imprisoned “under the protest of a judgment and judicial order of commitment” issued in “the Case of the State of Louisiana vs the Slave Jim No. 517.” Jim was accused of giving passes to slaves and sentenced to a fine of $50 or a one-month confinement in jail. According to Purves, the sentence is illegal because “there is no law or statute of the State of Louisiana making” the act of giving passes “as criminal or punishable in a slave.” Purves therefore prays for a writ of habeas corpus and asks that his slave be set at liberty and delivered to him.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Order, 27 August 1856; Judgment, 28 August 1856
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20885654

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Records of the Fifth Judicial District Court, Suit Records
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  • Document Number 11,332
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  • Microfilm: Reel #31, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:2/11/1997
Record Final Edited:4/27/2004
Record Last Updated on:9/19/2006 12:09:00 PM