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Fentress, Edward: Petition, Princess Anne County

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To the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia: The Petition of Edward Fentress Jailor of Princess Anne County, Respectfully represents: that your petitioner, received of Thomas Ward a constable of said County, and afterwards by virtue of a warrant and mittimus continued to hold in his Jail & Custody a negro man Slave named Harry; that your petitioner maintained and supported the said Negro according to law from the 28th day of December 1832 to the 6th day of May 1833: That the County Court of Princess Anne on the 4th day of February 1833 imposed a fine on the owner of said negro (who is a free mulatto woman and insolvent) and directed him to be retained in custody for said fine & costs, and also directed another constable of the said County (there being neither Sheriff nor Coroner) to Sell the said negro Slave Harry, unless the said fine & costs were paid in that the said Constable did advertise the said negro for Sale, but that he being old & infirm would not bring any thing; and the Court of the said County on the 6th day of May 1833, directed him to be discharged from custody. That your petitioner presented his account for Jail fees for said negro to the Auditor who refused to pay the same, alledging that he thought it doubtful whether the Commonwealth is bound for said fees. In support of the foregoing facts & Statements, your petitioner has annexed copies of the proceedings in this case, as also a copy of his account amounting to $43.75 and for which your petitioner begs your Honorable body to pass an act authorising and