Jacobs, Hetty & Others: Petition, Richmond City
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objectionable as to render it impracticable for her to keep them about her household establishment, as will appear by the accompanying certificates of her neighbours. The administrator of the said Jacobs, since the refusal of his widow to keep them, has endeavored, without success, to hire them out, by offering them for hire, both publickly and priavtely. [but?] he has not been able to find any person who would take them gratis - and one of them he has been compelled to confine for safekeeping at the expense of the estate. Under these circumstances, Your Petitioners are of opinion that it will be greatly to the interest of the widow & children of the said Jacobs that the said negros should be sold and the proceeds invested in some productive stock for their benefit - but being advised that they have no power under the law of the land to dispose of them, without the assent of the Legislature, they respectfully pray that Your Honorable Body will pass a Law authorizing the sale of the said slaves upon such terms as to you may seem advisable - and as in duty bound your petitioners will ever pray &c [etc.]. Hetty Jacobs Joseph Marx guardian Richard Anderson Adm with the Will annexed of S. Jus