Petition #11683516


Having faithfully served his invalid owner, Dr. John McConell, for more than twenty years as a body servant and blacksmith, Arthur Lee was promised his freedom at his owner's death. McConell however omitted to make provisions for Arthur's freedom, and the latter was purchased by a North Carolina man named Hamilton Brent who permitted him to remain in Virginia if he would turn over $100 of his annual hires. Over the years Arthur Lee paid Brent $1,600 in hires and $500 for his freedom; in addition he was able to save enough money to purchase his wife and child. Three other children have been born since Arthur purchased his family. He asks to remain in the state with his family in his old age. In a related petition Dr. McConell is referred to as McDowell and Hamilton Brent as Hamilton Brown.

Result: Referred to committee for courts of justice.

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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia