Smith, Isaac; Bowdoin, Preston; & Smith, Thoroughgood: Petition, Northampton County
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To the Honble the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Delegates Te Petition of Isaac Smith, Preson Bowdoin and Thorowgood Smith Executors of John Bowdoin late of Northampton County decd [deceased] humbly sheweth that Jack a negro man Slave belonging to the Estate of said John Bowdoin, went off in the month of November last to Lord Dunmore, in whose service he died; that Ned, Reuben & James belonging to the said Estate, together with several other Slaves, went off in a Schooner belonging to Michael Christian last February, with intent to join Lord Dunmore, but were taken before they could effect their purpose and carried back; That they were afterwards tryed [tried] and convicted for said Offence by the Court of Northampton County, but the Sentance [sentence] was afterwards pardoned by the Honble the Convention and the Slaves sent to the Mines. That the said Estate is suffering much for want of said Slaves and not being empowered to supply their places by purchase, Your Petitioners pray that Reuben and James may be returned with their hire, and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall pray &c. [etc]