Petition #11681011


Mary M. Catlett, the widow of Samuel Jones Catlett, represents that her husband took sundry slaves with him to Georgia on a visit his brother in 1802 with a view of possibly settling in that state. She further reports that he returned to Virginia in 1805, leaving said slaves in the possession and under the control of his said brother John. The petitioner notes that in the interim Virginia passed a law "prohibiting slaves from being brought into this state." Noting that said slaves "are all natives of this state which had been removed for a temporary purpose," the petitioner prays "that a Law may pass authorising her to bring the said slaves ... back into this State within a reasonable time."

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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia