Petition #21585410


James Weir seeks compensation from Robert Russell, Thomas Perryman, and Nathan Busby Jr. for the lost labor and medical expenses arising from a severe beating they delivered to an unnamed slave. The petitioner complains that the defendants "with force and arms assaulted ... beat and bruised and injured and maltreated" the slave to such an extent that he was "sick and lame & wholly unable to do and perform his customary labor for a long space of time to wit for the space of one month." He also claims that the three defendants committed a similar assault on another slave "to the great injury of said slave & to the great damage of your petitioner." Weir estimates the damages sustained at one thousand dollars. The defendants deny their participation but admit that, if the alleged events took place, they were acting in their official capacity as members of a slave patrol "under the authority of the county court."

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Repository: Comal County Courthouse, New Braunfels, Texas