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Reekes, Thomas: Petition, Mecklenburg County

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To the Honourable Speaker, & Legislature of Virginia

The Petition of Thomas Reekes of the County of Mecklenburg humbly showeth, that some time in the month of February [of?] this present year, a warrant was issued by a majistrate of the County aforesaid for the purpose of apprehending a Negro man slave named Frank the property of your Petitioner charged with having plotted and conspir'd (with divers other Negros) the death of a certain John Gregory of this county; that the said Frank in pursuance of the said warrant was apprehended by an authoris'd Officer, & his body produced before a majistrate; who upon an examination of certain witnesses & upon a consideration of all circumstances thought proper by his mittimus a copy of which is hereto annexed & which bears date the twentyseventh day of February 1802, to commit the said Frank to the Jail of Mecklenburg County in order that he might be tried for the felonious offence as aforesaid with which he was charged, that while the said Frank was in custody of the Sheriff, & previous to the meeting of the Court of Oyer J Jerminir to be held for his trial, the said Frank was suddenly taken ill and shortly after departed this life, all of which will more fully appear reference being had to a copy of the Sheriffs return hereto annexed, and which was duly endorsed upon the said mittimus and returned by the said Sheriff to the office of the County of Mecklenburg. And your Petitioner further shows by the affidavits of respectable men that the said Frank who was long in your Petitioner's possession enjoyed an uncommon