Petition #11682716


George Crump represents that he has employed William Thomas, a free black man, for many years and that he "became as the bail of said Thomas, in the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars" when Thomas was arrested for a "malicious Stabbing." Crump reports, however, that Thomas "failed to appear" and he "forfeited his recognizance." The petitioner asserts that Thomas's alleged accomplice was acquitted "upon the very proof relied on to sustain the prosecution against Thomas." Believing "in the perfect innocence of Thomas," Crump "submits to your Honorable body whether in such a case, it is just, that your petitioner should be compelled to pay" said bond.

Result: Rejected.

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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia