Joseph King of Kent County, Delaware, acquired several slaves in Maryland through his marriage to Ann Maria Walston of Somerset County. He informs the legislature that one of the said slaves is "a negro woman named Leah a house servant of his wife, and the services of whome the familly of your petitioner stand in great need at this time." Having lost the services of said Leah "ever since his marriage, which has been about one year" due to "his not being allowed to bring her into this State," King declares that "the said negro Leah is desireous to come into the familly of your petitioner, and not to be sold to another master." He therefore prays that a law may be passed "authorising and impowering your petitioner to bring the said negro Leah from the state of Maryland into this State and Hold her as a slave."
Result: House: read, referred.
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Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware