Petition #20983726


Minor James Madkeff asks the court to order a sale of his slave Bill. Madkeff explains that Bill, who had been hired out to James Mill by his guardian, Richard J. Jones, ran away while in Mills's possession. Bill ran to the "Potomac fishery" where he received his wages and then "gambled & frolicked the whole of the proceeds of the fishing season away." Madkeff alleges that Bill was accused of theft before running away and that he was imprisoned after a second attempt at absconding, this time while on Jones's sloop, the Sea Gull. Jones has set up a conditional sale of Bill for six hundred dollars, and Madkeff would like the court to approve the sale. Madkeff complains that Bill is costing him twenty-five cents per day while he is confined in jail.

Result: Granted.

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Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland