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Grady, Edmund: Petition, Richmond City

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To the honorable the General Assembly of Virginia The petition of Edmond Grady humbly sheweth: That an Indictment was sometime past filed against your Petitioner in the Richmond District Court at the instance of Paul Thilman the prosecutor thereof; upon which Indictment a fine of fifty pounds, besides the costs of the prosecution, was assessed upon your petitioner by the said Court at their September term 1807. The offence with which your petitioner was charged in the said Indictment was for rescuing from the custody of the said Paul, who was then a deputy Sheriff of Hanover County, a negro woman the property of the petitioner which the said Paul pretended he had taken by virtue of an execution issued against the estate of James H. Lynch. Your petitioner begs leave to observe that the said slave was purchased by him for a valuable consideration of the said Lynch, who gave to your petitioner a bill of sale for the said negro which bill he has ready to produce. That sometime after the said slave had been in the possession of the Petitioner he lost her, and when he again heard of her, found that she was in the custody of the said Paul Thilman, who refused to deliver her up to the petitioner, saying that he had taken her upon an execution as aforesaid. Whereupon your petitioner upon application to a Magistrate, obtained from him a warrant to search the house of the sd. [said] Thilman, which he did, & recovered his said slave