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Perry, Verlinda: Petition, Loudoun County

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ascertained the value of said slave to be of the sum of Eight hundred dollars. That your Petitioner forwarded to the Auditor a draft or request that he would make out for her a Warrant upon the Treasury or Treasures for the value of said slave in the Usual Form not doubting but that she would be paid his value on demand as in all cases of slaves condemned to be hung or condemned to death. That in answer to such application on the Auditor she was informed that there was no provision in the Law for paying the owners of slaves the value thereof on their condemnation under the Act under which said slave was tried sentenced & punished and your Petitioner was referred to the Legislature for relief. Your Petitioner humbly conceives that the failure to make such provision was an omission. That the general policy of the Commonwealth in relation to slaves taken from their owners for any crime dangerous to the body politic and the principles of Equity and Justice would seem to require a general provision and especially that your Petitioner be paid the value of the slave so taken from her. Your Petitioner prays that some general law be passed authorizing the Treasurer of the Commonwealth to pay for slaves condemned under the Law aforesaid including the slave of your Petitioner or at least that a special act be passed for relief of your Petitioner in the Premises. Your Petitioner refers to the Copy of the Judgement and sentence of the said Court which is herewith Exhibited as part of this Petition Mailed Exhib[it]