Title: Petition Edward M. Linthicum, 20 June 1862
Date: June 20, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 5. 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.00719
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, Edward M.
Linthicum of Georgetown
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
four female slaves persons of African descent of the name of Elizabeth,
Martha, Jenny and
Peggy for and during the life of said female slaves and that by said act of Congress said
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 Slaves were
was of the age of and of the personal description
|Elizabeth,||dark Mulatto,||aged 39 years|
|Martha,||bright Mulatto||" 32 "|
|Jenny,||very dark||" 26 "|
|Peggy,||dark Mulatto||" 19 "|
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Slaves in manner following:(2) viz, in right of his wife Mary Linthicum, to whom they descended from her Parents according to the laws of Maryland, her native State.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Slaves was, at the time of said discharge
therefrom, of the value of twenty five hundred
dollars ($2500.00) in money
they being in good health, free from any bodily defects
known to him, useful and valuable as domestic or household servants, well
trained and educated by himself and his wife to the duties assigned them
respectively, and faithful in the same.
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 were
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 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 his 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.
E. M. Linthicum
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Edward M Linthicum 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.
E M Linthicum
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of June A. D. 1862.
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.