Vawter, William: Petition, Orange County
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To the general assembly of Virginia your petitioner William Vawter begs and most respectfully to represent your honorable body that in the year 1782 your petitioner resided in the county of Orange and was the owner of a valuable slave called Cary by occupation a blacksmith that the said slave committed a felonious offense for which he was arrested arraigned tried & condemned to be hung which sentence of the court of Orange was carried into effect on the 23rd day of May 1782 which will be more fully and at large appear by reference being and to the record of the proceedings of the court herewith presented. The court valued the said negro slave at the price of one hundred & seventy five pounds. This claim of your petitioner shortly thereafter was presented to the treasury of the state for payment but owing to the embarrassed pecuniary affairs of the commonwealth at that time it being immediately after our revolutionary struggle in which your petitioner had partitioned it was not paid, some time after this, your petitioner removed to the state of Kentucky & has fail to renew his claim until recently where to his surprise he is informed that it cannot now be paid unless by a special act of your honorable body he therefore appeals to your justice & magnanimity to pay him for his property which has been rested from him by the strong arm of this law; your petitioner cannot believe that the legislature will refuse to do him that justice to which he is entitled & which is fully proven by the documents herewith filed your petitioner will ever pray &c.