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Royall, John: Petition, Nottoway County

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To the honorable the Speaker and members of the house of delegates of Virginia. The petition of John Royall of the county of Nottoway, humbly sheweth that some time in the month of January last, a negroe man slave the property of your petitioner, named Bob, was condemned and executed under a charge of conspiricy [conspiracy] or insurrection, that the said slave was valued by the court before whom tried to the sum or £95 only, which was greatly short of his real value, as will evidently appear by reference to the affidavits of a number of respectable persons, to whom the worth of said slave was much better known than to the court, who assessed the above valuation. Your petitioner presumes that the court must have been ignorant of the qualifications which rendered this slave valuable, for besides those common to an able hand in a crop he was a good, Blacksmith, Carpenter & Wheelwright, an able strong fellow under or at most not exceeding the age of Forty. nothing but the great difference between the valuation & real worth of the slave induces your petitioner to pray further compensation for had the difference been small the opinion of the court would have been acquiesced in nor does your petitioner mean to impugn