Shepherd, Smith: Petition, Princess Anne County
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The Honorable Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Delegates The Petition of Smith Shepherd surviving Executor of Robert Huggins late of Princess Anne County deceased. Humbly sheweth, that on the seventeenth Day of October in the Year one thousand seven hundred & eighty, a Negro Fellow named Ned belonging to the Estate of the said Robert was tried and Condemned by a Court of Oyer and Terminer held in the County to suffer Death for a certain Felony that was then and there charged against him, and the said Court did value the said Slave at the price of six thousand Pounds as will appear by reference being had to a Copy of the Record of the said Court hereto annexed. Your petitioner further sheweth that whilst the said Negro was under Sentence of death the British Invaded the Country and a party of them landed and marched thro [through] Kemper Ville where the said Negro was in Confinement in consequence of which and as there was no proper Jail in the County he made his Escape to the British by which means without the interposition of this Honorable House the Orphans of the said Robert may loose the money that the said Court thought proper to value the said Slave at as he was not executed agreeable to the above mentioned Sentence. Your Petitioner therefore hopes that a sum will be allowed him as Executor agreeable to the Scale of Depreciation on the amount of the sum that the said Slave was valued at whereby he maybe impowered [empowered] to pay of the Orphans the money so allowed in lieu of him, or grant such other Relief as this Honorable House may think just and equitable. And your Petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray &c [etc]. Smith Shepherd