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unable to do him any service whatever, whereas, heretofore they have been regarded as an unusually healthy and robust family.
Your petitioner therefore prays your honorable bodies, to relieve him by a Bill in his favour to the effect of compensating him for the value of Ben i.e. $1450, and for the value of Ary i.e. 600$, which values are stated in the accompanying statements.
He claims this compensation, on the ground that his property has been sacrificed and destroyed by a Civil War and Commotion, within the teritory of the States wherein he had just reason to suppose his property would be entirely and efficiently protected.
And your petitioner will, as in duty bound ever pray &c. John H. Allstadt.
[crosswise] 52 Petition. John H. Allstadt of Jefferson County, Virginia for compensation to the extent of the value of two negro slaves his property, deceased from fright at their capture at night, by John Brown's party, 16th October 1859. J. J. Lock Committee on Claims Jan 9'