Petition #20985426


James, John Thomas, and George Botler, "free colored children," were taken before two Justices of the Peace in September 1854. They maintain that "without their knowledge or consent, or without any notice having been given, and without any charge of pauperism or vagrancy having been made against them, or either of them" they were bound as apprentices to William Wade in whose service, they assert, "they were actually engaged ... supporting themselves." The Botlers, by their next friend, James Buchanan, argue that they "have been unjustly and illegally bound to said William Wade;" they petition the court to cancel their indentures and to subpoena Wade.

Result: Granted; appealed.

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Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland