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Otey, Isaac: Petition, New Kent County

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To the members of the Legislature for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The petition of Isaac Otey administrator of Josiah Austin represents - That on the 13 day of October in the year 1822 a negro man slave name Ben belonging to [blank] of Henrico County, was committed to the Jail of New Kent County as a runaway. That said Austin applied to the owner of the said slave in person soon after his commitment to take him out which he refused to do stating that he only had a life estate in the negro and that he was scarcely worth having. That said slave after remaining in the Jail of New Kent County the time required by law was advertised as required by an order of the County Court of New Kent (which order is prayed to be taken as a part of this petition) and sold publicly at the Courthouse of said County for the sum of $21 which after deducting the legal charges left a balance due the said Austins estate of $123.17. And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray.