Twenty-one citizens of Abbeville District, "from a knowledge of and sympathy for the situation of Mr. Harris," support the petition of Samuel Harris, whose twenty-year-old slave Harry was accidentally killed on the 26 March 1802 while working on the public road by "the fall of a tree." Harris owned only one slave and "is in such circumstances as renders him verry illy able to sustain a loss of that nature & degree." The petitioners therefore pray that "such a compensation may be allowed & decreed to the said Harris, as may repair the loss he has sustained in the service of the public."
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