John Pierce represents that in 1774 he "did hire to lord Dunsmore a certain Slave for which his lordship was to pay the sum of Ten pounds & to return the said Slave at the end of the year"; the slave, however, "did actually continue in his service for the year 1775." Pierce reports that "his lordship (for reasons unknown to your petitioner) did abdicate his government and has never paid a shilling for those two years service of that Slave." He further notes that Dunsmore's property has been confiscated and sold and "the money arising therefrom ... has been delivered into the Treasury of this State." The petitioner therefore "intreats the present Honble Assembly to adopt some mode to enable him to obtain payment of his Claim against lord Dunsmore."
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