Price, Margarett : Petition for Re-Enslavement, Richmond City
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In the circuit court of the city of Richmond November 3d 1860 In the matter arising upon the petition of Margarett Price, a free woman of colour, emancipated by the will of Mrs. Sarah Price deceased, to be allowed to choose a master and to select as such master or owner John H Tyler. This day came as well the said petitioner, as the said John H Tyler and the attorney for the commonwealth, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that pursuant to the order of this court, made on the 11th day of November 18[5?]9, a notice of the filing of the said petition has been posted according to law, and the summons awarded by the said order having been duly executed in the said parties, the court thereupon proceeded to examine the said petitioner and the said John H Tyler separately, and being satisfied that there is no fraud nor collusion between them, and that there is no good reason to the contrary, doth grant the prayer of the said petitioner, and doth ascertain the value of the said petitioner at one hundred and fifty dollars if she were a slave; and thereupon the said John H Tyler, chosen master as aforesaid, paid into court one half of the said valuation, and together with John Tyler as his security (who justified on oath as to his sufficiency) entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of three hundred dollars, conditioned that the said negro shall not become chargeable to any county or corporation in the commonwealth, which said bond is as follows, to wit: “ know all men by these presents, that we John H Tyler and John Tyler are held and firmly bound unto the commonwealth (Over