Petition #11086501


Residents of Claiborne County request relief from pre-Civil War contracts--deeds, mortgages, liens, bills of exchange, promissory notes, accounts--made predicated on slave labor. Some of these debts can never be paid, they assert, and it is not fair for the sheriff to seize cotton, land, and stock, when both the Confederate and Federal troops have confiscated private property. They ask that a "Court of Equity and Insolvency" be established to hear their cases since they are no longer able to pay debts "predicated on Slave labor."

Result: Tabled.

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Repository: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi