Jacobs, Hetty & Others: Petition, Richmond City
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Wh: it is upd to the Gent. Apr 7 by H J widow of S Jacobs late of the City of R dec'd J M gdn [guardian] of his children all of whom are infants and R A, The admor wish his will annexed, that the slaves belonging to the estate of the said deceased are not only wholly unprofitable but an encumbrance to their owners, consisting of woman of disorderly character, & small children - and the interests of the said widow & children would be promoted by a sale of the slaves and investment [owing?] therefrom in Bank or government stock - and the said widow guardian & adm having petitioned for the passage of an act authorizing such sale & investment. Be it enacted that the said H. J, J M & R A shall be & they are hereby authorized and empowered to make sale of the said slaves upon such terms & in such manner as they shall deem expedient. And invest the proceeds arising from the sale in stock - the said stock, & the profits thereof to be held in the same right. The subject to be [same?] claims & demands as the slaves, it not sold would have been. This act shall be in force from its passage
We whose names are hereunto subscribed being neighbors of the late Mr. Solomon Jacobs, and possessing from our situation and habits of intercou[r]se with the family some knowledge of the description of the slave property possessed by him in his life time - do hereby declare it as our opinion that the slaves of the late Mr Jacobs are of a kind which not only are at present useless to his estate and family, but such as must for some time to come prove burthensome and expensive to both. They consist almost entirely of women and helpless children, and are in our opinion very disorderly and unmanageable in their habits and dispositions, having been for a long time under little or no controul or authority from any person whatsoever. P V Daniel Wm. A. Fitzwhylsonn James Hawlings C. Crozet