Title: Petition of William H. Stewart, 22 May 1862
Date: May 22, 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.00395
To The Honl S. F. Vinton, Daniel R Goodlos and Horatio King Commissioners under Act of Congress, passed, 16th April 1862
The Petition of William H Stewart of Baltimore City in the State of Maryland, respectfully represents, The he was the owner of a female slave in the City of Washington, who was set free by the Act of Congress, passed on the 16th April 1862, Entitled "An act for the release of certain persons held to Service or labor in the District of Columbia"; that said negro is a bright mulatto, is Short in Stature, is a little freckled in the face, is about 22 years old and is named Sally Johnson of the value of One Thousand Dollars; She was for many years a domestic in family of James E Stewart brother of the claimants in Washington with consent of the petitioner and has recently been living on K Street in said city. This petitioner became Entitled to the Services of said slave, as heir at law of his deceased Son, Archibald Kerr Stewart, to whom her mother had been given Several years before his death by his grandfather, the late Archibald Kerr, of Baltimore City, that Said Slave is very valuable, as a cook and house servant.
And your Petitioner here declares that he has always borne and now bears true allegiance to the government of the United States, and that he has not borne arms against the United States, during the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto, and prays your Honorable Board to determine the validity of this his claim and to appraise & report the value of the Slave so manumitted, in pursuance of the terms of said Act of Congress.
And as in duty bound he will Ever pray &c
W. H. Stewart
On this Ninth day of May in the year Eighteen hundred & sixty two before the Subscriber, a Notary Public for the State of Maryland, residing in the City of Baltimore personally appeared William H Stewart the petitioner named in the above claim or Statement and made oath in due form of law that the matters and things therein Stated are just and true to the best of his Knowledge & belief.
In testimony whereof I hereto set my hand & [natural?] Seal on the day and year aforesaid
W. H. Stewart
Rittenhouse Fant & co
& Thos Lumpkin
480 Penna Av