Kinchen Massengale seeks compensation for his slave Plato, one of the ten or so slaves convicted and executed for their role in the Bertie County "rising or conspiracy of the negroes" in 1802; four or five slaves involved in the incident were convicted and "sent away" and not executed. Massengale submits that Plato was "of considerable value to him, being the only slave he possessed." Noting that the owners of said slaves not executed "have received compensation equal to their value," the petitioner "hopes your Honourable Body will take his hard case under your serious consideration (he being in indigent circumstances) and grant him such relief as you in your wisdom may think proper."
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Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina