Title: Petition of Henry Warrington, 2 June 1862

Date: June 2, 1862

Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 4. 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.00580

TEI/XML: cww.00580.xml



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, Henry Warrington of Washington 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 the following person of African descent of the name of Margaret Perry. for and during the life of said Margaret. and that by said act of Congress said Margaret 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 Margaret was of the age of Eighteen years and of the personal description following:(1) Margaret was about Eighteen years of age a dark Mulatto and about five feet four or five inches high.


That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Margaret in manner following:(2) That is to say: By a "Bill of Sale", from Charles St J Chubb about three years ago, which is herewith annexed.

That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Margaret was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of One thousand dollars in money.(3)Margaret is an excellent chambermaid having been raised in the family of my late father Com​. Warrington USN. She has no moral mental or bodily defects known to 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 Margaret into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Margaret 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said Margaret 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 his said claim to the service or labor of said Margaret 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.

(Signed by)
H. Warrington

Know all men by these Presents that I Charles St John Chubb of the City of Washington District of Columbia for and in consideration of the sum of Eight hundred dollars current money to me in hand paid by Henry Warrington of the same place, at and before the sealing and delivery of these Presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged has granted bargained and sold and by these Presents does grant bargain and sell unto the said Henry Warrington a mulatto slave girl named Margaret Perry (now between 15 & 16 years of age) who was by the will of the late Commodore Lewis Warrington left to his daughter Mrs. Charles St John Chubb, To Have and To Hold said mulatto slave girl to the said Henry Warrington his executors, administrators and assigns forever, for his and their use & benefit.

In witness whereof I the said Charles St John Chubb have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Eighth day of September AD. 1859.

CStJ Chubb Seal
E. C. Chubb Seal

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of

W. C. Johnson.
N Callan

I Nicholas Callan Justice of the Peace in   and for the County aforesaid in the District of Columbia do hereby certify that Charles St John Chubb a party to a certain deed bearing date on the Eighth day of Septr A.D. 1859. and hereto annexed personally appeared to me at my County aforesaid the said Charles St John Chubb being personally well known to me as the person who executed said deed and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed.

Given under my hand and seal this tenth day of September A.D. 1859.

N. Callan J.P. Seal
Paid $= 50.
Charles St J. Chubb
Henry Warrington
Bill of Sale.
Received 16th September 1859. to be Recorded and the same day was Recorded in Liber J. A. S. no 183. folio 30. One of the land Records for Washington County in the District of Columbia and examined by,

Jno. A. Smith clk

[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]

I, Henry Warrington. 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.

(Signed by)
H. Warrington.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of May A. D. 1862.

(Signed by)
N Callan JP seal
The Petition of
Henry Warrington Esq
Filed June 2, 1862
D. Ramsay Penn Ave & 21st St.
J. F. Scott. H near 20th
L. Warrington. do. do.

 Note (1.)-- Here describe the person, so as to identify him or her; and if there be more than one slave, describe each one separately.

 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.

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