Petition #10382511


In 1823 the Court of Quarter Sessions in Kent County sentenced free man of color Thomas Sykes, who "was convicted of a Felony," to three years of servitude. He was sold to Charles Kimmey of Dover, who then sold him to William Dulaney of Kent County. In 1824 Thomas Sykes was convicted of another felony and sentenced to be sold at auction for seven years of servitude. Dulaney seeks compensation for being "deprived of his property in said negro." He therefore prays that a law be passed “authorizing and requiring the State Treasurer to pay over to your petitioner the said sum of Forty two dollars and one cent … being the nett balance of the sale of the said Thomas Sykes after paying the costs of prosecution and restitution.”

Result: Granted.

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Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware