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Petition from "Phebe" to Judges of Frederick County Court

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09819 Author/Creator: Place Written: Frederick County, Maryland Type: Petition Date: 1796 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.5 x 18.6 cm.
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One undated petition filed with Frederick County Court on behalf of an enslaved woman named Phebe. She stated that slaveowner, Daniel Dorsey, freed her. A clerk, H.R. Warfield, summarized the judgement, stating that Phebe is the property of Deborah Dorsey, not Daniel. Signed by L. Bolt and H.R. Warfield.

Please refer to archivist notes for genealogy and manumission notes.

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To the Hon.ble the Judges of Frederick County Court

The Petition of Negroe Phebe Humbly Complaining begs leave to represent that your Petitioner is held in slavery by a certain Daniel Dafoy of Frederick County tho' she is advised she is entitled to her freedom by an Instrument of writing executed by said Daniel Dafoy, and this your petitioner humbly prays may be enquired into, and your
Petitioner as in duty bound will ever Pray [ago]

LBelt for Petitioner

And the said Daniel saith that the said Phebe her Petition aforesaid to have and maintain ought not because he saith that she is the Slave of Deborah Dorsey without that she is free as above set forth and that he is ready to write at Frederick County [illegible]] [illegible signature]

<text loss> And the said Phebe saith she is free [struck:" as above set forth] [inserted: woman] and of this [illegible] HRWakefield

<multiple strikeouts>
Mr. Ritchie please
to file this - and [serve]

HR. Warfield
L Belt

Phebe, fl. 1796
Dorsey, Daniel, fl. 1796
Bolt, L., fl. 1796
Warfield, H.R., fl. 1796

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