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Bond, Catherine: Petition, Lancaster County

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[duplicate of image 3] his offence was to be considered when an allowance was to be made to his owner for the loss she sustained. It might be urged perhaps in support of the courts opinion that a being who had forfeited his life in consequence of having taken the life of another was worth nothing if that be the fact the court ought to have disregarded the law entirely & allowed your petitioner nothing. she concerns that such conduct on the part of the court would not have been more opposed to the intention & spirit of the Law than that which was pursued. She conceived herself legally & equitably entitled to a fair compensation for the loss which was imposed on her, which she supposed ought to have been ascertained by estimating the value of her property independent of the crime for which he was convicted. Your petitioner can now have recourse alone to your honorable body to obtain what she humbly conceives she is entitled to to wit the difference between the value of her negro as fined by the Court of Lancaster & his real intrinsic value. Your petitioner reposes with the utmost confidence on the justice of this honorable house well assured that what is