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Catlett, Mary M.: Petition, King William County

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who had began a crop with them, and it could not be known, that the Legislature of this commonwealth would have deemed it politic 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 Catlet, by which he was deprived of all control over the said slaves until the first of January 1807 as will more fully appear by reference to the said Contract hereunto subjoined. Your Memorialist humbly conceives and hopes that policy will not be considered as applicable to this case, in as much, as the before named slaves are all natives of this state which had been removed for a temporary purpose, and so circumstances at the time of the passage of the law prohibiting Slaves from being brought into this state that your memorialist could not avail herself of the opportunity afforded between the passage and commencement thereof to bring back the said Slaves into this state, in as much as she and her deceased husband was then restrained by the before mentioned Contract. Your memorialist submits to your wisdom, whether that act will not have an "Ex post facto" tendency as it affects her case, and if so, she humbly conceives, time, at least equal to that which elapsed between the passage and