Petition #11682803


The petitioner Littleton P. Henderson informs the court that in 1826 he purchased at auction of the Overseers of the Poor a free man of color named Jim Outten, who had been re-enslaved for failing to leave the state within the time prescribed by law. He paid fifty dollars. Shortly thereafter, Jim Outten filed a suit to recover his freedom and won. Henderson then presented a petition to the General Assembly, following which he learned that he had been accused of being a speculator in slaves. Littleton vigorously denies such accusation and reiterates his claim that he is entitled to reimbursement of his fifty dollars.

Result: Bill drawn.

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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia