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Bolak, Lewis: Petition, Richmond City

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To the Senate and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia Your Petitioner Lewis Bolak now a free man of colour but formerly a Slave asks permission most respectfully to represent to the Legislature of Virginia. That he is a Native of this State and resided in the vicinity of the City of Richmond the greater part of his life, That some years past in consequence of the pecuniary embarrassments of his former owner he was sold and transported to the State of Louisiana and became the property of Mr Waters Clarke of the City of New Orleans with whome [whom] he lived for some time. During the year 1812 the slaves and free persons of colour in the City of New Orleans and the surrounding Country connected with a few abandoned and lawless white persons who were bent on rapin[g] and plunder meditated and planed a Plot of Treason and Insurrection which if it had been carried into operation would have presented one general scene of conflagration, murder and robbery & the City of New Orleans and the surrounding Country if possible would have exhibited a spectacle of ruin and desolation exceeding anything which formerly transpired in St. Domingo. This horrible conspiracy was communicated to him, he was invited to join in it, was offered the post of Captain in the operations and assured of being rewarded by freedom and Wealth Shocked