In 1804, Joseph Hill promised to free his slave James if James worked for Archibald Linthicum for five years, for which Linthicum agreed to pay Hill one hundred pounds Virginia currency. At the end of the five years, Hill reneged and demanded more money from Linthicum, to which demand Linthicum complied and paid Hill an additional one hundred dollars. After it was paid, James became the property of Linthicum who signed his deed of emancipation. Now a free man, James asks for the legislature to pass an act giving him permission to "remain in the neighborhood where" he has "long lived" without incuring any fines of penalties other than such as are incurred by other free persons of colour who are permitted to remain within the Commonwealth."
Result: Bill drawn.
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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia