Title: Petition of Alexander F. Bulley, 21 May 1862
Date: May 21, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 3. The original document is held in the Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, 1775–1978, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 217.6.5. Within the National Archives' Archival Description Catalog, see ARC Identifier 4644616 / MLR Number A1 347 (http://arcweb.archives.gov).
Civil War Washington ID: cww.00353
To the Commissioners under the act of Congress approved the 16th of April, 1862, entitled "An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia."
Your Petitioner, Alexander F. Bulley of Washington City D.C. by this his petition in writing, represents and states, that he is a person loyal to the United States, who, at the time of the passage of the said act of Congress, held a claim to service or labor against Two persons of African descent of the name of Sarah Fairfax and Allice Fairfax for and during the life of said Sarah and Allice and that by said act of Congress said Sarah and Allice was discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said Sarah and Allice was of the age of 18 and 2 years Respectively and of the personal description following:(1)
- Sarah Fairfax five feet three inches and Black
- Allice Fairfax two feet 6 inches in hight mulatto color
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Sarah and Allice in manner following:(2) Your petitioner Purchased them from Nathan Masters on or about the 1st day of November 1860 at the price of nine hundred dollars Masters Residing in Prince Georges County Maryland as the accompanying paper will show
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Sarah and Allice was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of eight hundred dollars ($800) in money.(3)the mental, bodily and moral condition is of said Slaves is as Good as I could wish and that Sarah hires out with the incumbrance of her child, Allice at five dollars pr month there is no infirmities that either of them is afflicted with to the Knowledge of your petitioner
Your petitioner hereby declares that he bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that he has not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioner further states and alleges, that he has not brought said Slaves into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Slaves was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that the said claim to the service or labor of said Slaves does not originate in or by virtue of any transfer heretofore made by any person who has in any manner aided or sustained the present rebellion against the Government of the United States.
And your petitioner prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of the said claim to the service or labor of said Slaves herein above set forth; and if the same be found to be valid, that they appraise and apportion the value of said claim in money, and report the same to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, in conformity to the provisions of said act of Congress.
Alexander F. Bulley
A. F Bulley
I Nathan Masters of Prince Georges County Maryland in consideration of nine Hundred dollars paid me by Alexander F. Bulley of Washington City District of Columbia do hereby bargain and sell to the said Alexander F Bulley the following property. One negro woman and child.
Witness my hand and seal this 1st day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and sixty
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Alexander F. Bulley being duly sworn, do depose and say, that all the several matters and things which are set forth and stated in the foregoing petition, as of my own knowledge, are true in substance and in fact; and that all the several other matters and things therein set forth and stated, as from the information of others, I believe to be true in substance and in fact.
Alexander F. Bulley
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of May A. D. 1862.
H. G. Murray J.P.
Note (2.)-- Here state how the claim was acquired, when, from whom, and for what price or consideration; and, if held under any written evidence of title, make exhibit thereof, or refer to the public record where the same may be found.
Note (3.)-- Here state such facts, if any there be, touching the value of the petitioner's claim to the service or labor of the person, as may enhance the same, and also such facts, if any, touching the moral, mental, and bodily infirmities or defects of said person, as impair the value of the petitioner's claim to such service or labor, and conclude such statement with an averment that the petitioner knows of no other infirmities or defects of said person which impair the value of petitioner's claim to such service or labor, and that he believes none other to exist. If the petitioner specify no such infirmity or defect, then his statement touching the value of his claim should conclude with an averment that he has no knowledge of any such infirmity or defect.