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Jacobs, Hetty & Others: Petition, Richmond City

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Petition of Hetty Jacobs and others praying that certain slaves of the late Sol: Jacobs may be sold & the proceeds otherwise invested for the benefit of his widow Holly Jacobs & her children. J Rutherfoord 15 Jany. 1828 refd. to CH. of J [referred to Courts of Justice] Jany 16. Reasonable Bill drawn

Mitlow 1st Jany 1829 Dear Sirs I am favord with your letter of the 23rd. [illegible] I used my best [exertions?] today, to obtain a situation for the Negros belonging to the Estate of Mr Solomon Jacobs, but was not able to do so. I then tryed to hire them in [Charlo Haille?] to such [persons?] as I supposed woud take care of them, and not allow them the liberty of returning, in this I also failed and they are now all on hand, and what to do with them for the best puzzels my wits - for you to sell them without an Act of the Legislators, I think would be running two great a Risk, the most of them being Family, and in time may increase very much, If the said Negroes could go into market in the Coarse of this year it is probable they might produce 1200 - 1500$. If they remain on hand, I think it probable they will cost the estate 100 - 150 $ [illegible] was it a care in which I was concerned, I should use my best endeavors with the Legislators, to obtain leave to sell them, the Woman Hannah that you refered me to a Mr Rapheal for, hath a Child, and the Woman Susan is pregnant - hence no prospects of geting them of without paying something for their Support was I to put them up to be hired at publick auction, they would fall into the hands (more than probale) of such persons as would take no care of them - and they will get worse daily unless they are put into the hands of someone who will Controul [control] them. I shall make a further effort to get them of on Monday next and if no better can be done, I must undertake on our [illegible] to pay something for their support. With Esteem Yo.Ro.Hu.Sert [Your Humble Servant] Martin Dawson Mr Richard Anderson