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Reekes, Thomas: Petition, Mecklenburg County

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his value out of the public Treasury; and your Petitioner humbly conceives that the death of the slave on the day appointed for his trial ought not in justice to prevent your Petitioner from receiving his value from the Commonwealth as his death was certainly occasioned by the prosecution against him; and his being out of your Petitioner's possession, and withheld from him by the Commonwealth's authority, prevented your Petitioner from endeavouring to save his live. Your Petitioner hopes that the just Government of Virginia will not suffer an of it's Citizens to be so materially injured by the operation of it's laws, and under it's authority, without making him adequate compensation. He therefore prays that a Law may pass allowing him the said sum of one hundred and thirty pounds for the said slave, and your Petitioner will ever pray &c

November 22d 1804 Thomas Reekes

[Written on the left side of the page] Thomas Reekes's Petition Thomas Reeke's Pet'o. Rejected Dec. 10th 1804