The executors of the estate of Isaac Mathews represent "that a valuable negro man, belonging to said estate, was drowned in Black River, while at work removing the obstructions & improving the navigation of said river, being thereto called out by legal authority." They further state that "the heirs of said estate are ill able to bear the loss of so faithful & prime a servant as he was" and that “they conceive, as the said negro was performing services for the benefit of the Public, the Public ought to bear the loss of him.” They therefore "pray your honorable Body to take the case into consideration, & to grant compensation to the orphans of said estate for said negro."
Result: Referred to claims committee.
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Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina