Petition #20884862

Abstract

Adelaïde Dantilly, widow of Jean M. Vinot, seeks compensation from a free woman of color named Celeste Bertrand, for concealing her runaway slave absent for seven months. Adelaïde Dantilly Vinot represents that her slave, named Martha or Mathilda, left her service in October 1847, without her consent, and was not found until May 1848. Adelaïde claims that Celeste did receive and harbor Martha at her place of residence in the city and is therefore liable for damages. Adelaïde prays that Celeste be condemned to pay $408 for lost services, $35 for the cost of advertising a runaway slave, and $50 for the reward offered for the slave‚Äôs apprehension.

Result: Denied; appealed; reversed.

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Repository: University of New Orleans

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