Petition #11280201


Lard Sellars of Chatham County reports that, in March 1802, he "unfortunately kill'd a Negro man named Arthur the property of Edward Jones," whereupon he "was compell'd to pay the sum of Four hundred Dollars greatly to the injury and distress of his family." Sellars "hopes your Honorable body will on mature reflexion and consideration coincide in opinion with him, that if the act was unlawful it was meritorious to rid the world of a daring lawless villain, who by his frequent depridations and menaces struck terror on all Women and Children within the vicinity of his range." He therefore prays that the legislature "will sympathise with him and grant him such relief as you in your great Wisdom shall think mete."

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Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina