Petition #10382619


Thomas Smith states that eighteen-year-old Nathan, a slave held by Mary Ann Harper of Queen Anne's County, Maryland, "absconded from her service and came into new Castle county where he at present remains." He relates that "Nathan applied to your Petitioner to purchase him understanding that his mistress would sell him to Georgia if he was apprehended and returned to her possession." The petitioner reveals that he "is anxious to prevent the said Slave from being sold to Georgia" and he has agreed with Harper "to purchase from her the said slave if he can obtain permission to hold him as a Slave in this state." He therefore prays "that an act may pass authorising him to purchase the said Nathan and hold him as a Slave in this State."

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Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware