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Adie, Margaret: Petition, Prince William County

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To the Honourable the Senate and House of Delegates of Virginia. The Petition of Margaret Adie of the County of Prince William humbly sheweth that your Petitioner was the owner of a very valuable young Negro Man named Joe, who sometime in the month of December 1816, was committed to the Jail of Stafford County, under the Warrant of Magistrate of P. County for an alledged offence, for which he was to have been tried at the next succeeding Court. A short time however, previous to that period the said Negro Man made his Escape from the Jail and has not been heard of since. that, notwithstanding your Petitioner considered the Negro surrendered to the Officer of the Court, to be kept until he was dealt with according to Law, and then to be returned to her, nevertheless anxious for the recovery of her property she advertised the sd [said] Fellow, offering for his apprehension a reward of Fifty Dollars -- which advertisement was continued in the Newspapers as long as there was the most remote probability of recovering him. Your Petitioner being now fully persuaded that he has left the State of Virg[ini]a and is perhaps residing, secure from the most eager or vigilant pursuit, in Philadelphia, New York or Boston, Humbly Prays that your Honourable Body will take her case into your consideration and will allow her an adequate compensation for the heavy loss which she has sustained. She begs leave to refer your Honourable