Lorimer, Hannah Thacker & Fauntleroy, Thomas & Others: Petition, Middlesex County
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To the honorable speaker & members of the house of Delegates of the commonwealth of Virginia The petition of Hannah Thacker Lorimer and Thomas Fauntleroy & divers citizens of the commonwealth of Virginia respectfully shew, that James Henry Thacker Lorimer, of the county of Middlesex, an infant under the age of twenty one years and orphan of George Lorimer decd. [deceased], is possessed of a negro man slave named Sam as his absolute property, who was employed for the purpose of conveying the public mail from Fredericksburg to Gloucester courthouse, some time about the 17th day of November 1797, as your petitioners have good reason to believe, & was attacked on the public high way by two persons who attempted to dispossess him of the said mail, but the said Sam with the utmost fortitude & intrepidity resisted the said attack until he was relieved from the violence offered by the said persons by some other persons who casually discovered the same, in consequence of which resistance & a faithful [address?] regard to the trust reposed in him the said slave received several dangerous wounds