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Catlett, Samuel Jones: Petition, King William County

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should He not permanently settle in said State That your memorialist after a residence of about three years with his Brother in that State, finding it would not be to his interest to settle permanently there, returned to this State in the month of June in the year 1805 and has determined to make his permanent residence here. The said Slaves at the time your Memorialist left the State of Georgia were in the possession of his Brother who had began a crop with them and as it could not be known that the Legislature of this State would have deemed it politick to impose any restraint upon the return of said Slaves into their native State and not wishing to deprive his Brother of the use of them at that period of the year, He entered into a contract with the said John Catlett, by which He was deprived of all control over the said Slaves untill the 1st of January1807 as will be more fully seen by an agreement signed by said John Catlett, a true copy of which is hereto annexed & referred to. And although your Memorialist has the highest confidence in the wisdom and policy which dictated the law alluded to, yet He humbly [illegible] & hopes