Petition #11282001


British citizen Mary Ann Sansum, traveling from the West Indies to Florida, was shocked when her two body servants--a black and "mulatto" couple--as well as their four children, were seized at the port of Wilmington; the family was taken up shortly after the boat arrived, as the importation of slaves was prohibited. Sansum asserts that the United States consul in Martinique assured her that she could travel with her slaves without interference. The petitioner therefore prays "such relief as the peculiar embarrassments of her situation require either by arresting the sale or refunding the proceeds" from said sale.

Result: Senate, house: read, referred.

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