Petition #11280403


Polly Murrell asks that her husband, James Murrell, be pardoned "for selling a free person of color." She states that said James "was sentenced to suffer death" for said crime but that "a number of respectable Gentlemen" petitioned for mercy and "His Excellency did Grant a reprieve" which deferred “the time of his Execution." Polly reports that she has been to South Carolina "for the purpose of getting back said free person of colour, and finds he is dead." The petitioner therefore "prays the Legislature to grant a pardon to the said James Murrell," who is currently "in Salisbury Gaol under sentence of death."

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