Albert W. Dunbar, guardian of the estate of Dr. James P. McPheeters of Adams County, purchased in 1858 for the widow and her eight children a plantation on the Black River in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. He then transported the slaves belonging to the estate to Louisiana and worked them on the plantation. Dunbar is an experienced planter, the petitioners aver, and this was the best way to use the slaves; prior to the purchase of land, the slaves could not be profitably utilized. The widow and her children explain that because of the minor status of five of the children, the removal of the slaves needs an "Enabling Act." They ask the legislature to pass such an act.
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