Title: Petition of Harry W. Hall, 23 June 1862
Date: June 23, 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.00755
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."
Harry W. Hall, a minor
Sixteen years of age by his father and guardian Baruch
of the City of Washington District of
Col. by this his
petition in writing, represents and states, that he and
his guardian are
is a persons 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 a certain colored
person of African descent of the name of
for and during the life of said
and that by said act of Congress said
Thomas Sprigg 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
Thomas Sprigg was of the age of about Thirteen years and of the personal
Boy—Dark brown complexion, black curly hair, black
eyes, medium size for his age, hearty, healthy, and well developed
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Thomas Sprigg in manner following:(2) by a bequest to your Petitioner contained in the last will and testament of Jacob Hall of Prince George's Co. in the State of Maryland—his uncle, who departed this life in the Fall of the year 1858—and that the said will is admitted to record in the said last mentioned County—And that no one claims any right, title, or intent in or to the said Thomas Sprigg but your Petitioner.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Thomas Sprigg was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of One thousand dollars in money.(3) That the said Thomas Sprigg is a tall, hearty, and healthy boy—Of a very quick and sprightly mind, and capable of doing anything any one of his age can perform—That he has no mental or bodily infirmity known to your Petitioner—and he believes none such exist. That the brother of the said Thomas Sprigg who is an inferior boy in every respect to the said Thomas, was sold when at the age of 12 years for Nine Hundred Dollars in cash.
Your petitioner and his guardian hereby
s that they bear s
true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that
they have not
borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way
given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioner and his guardian further
s and allege s, that they have not brought said
into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress;
and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said
was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your
petitioner's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioner by his guardian further states and alleges, that his said claim to the service or labor of said Thomas Sprigg 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 by his guardian prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of his said claim to the service or labor of said Thomas Sprigg 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.
Harry W. Hall
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
We, Baruch Halland
Harry W. Hall
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
we believe to be true in substance and in
Harry W. Hall
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of June A. D. 1862.
F. I. Murphey J.P.
Harry W. Hall's Petition
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.