Title: Petition of Harrison Wallace, 14 July 1862
Date: July 14, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 6. 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.00918
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, Harrison Wallace, of the State of Maryland 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 a person of African descent of the name of Letha Coleman for and during the life of said Letha and that by said act of Congress said Letha 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 Letha was of the age of about nine or ten year of and of the personal description following:(1) very dark mulatto, but this petitioner does not recollect her height nor has he any knowledge of any particular mark on said servant, she has been generally employed in nursing children since she has been old enough for that purpose
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said Letha Coleman in manner following:(2) viz: By purchase from W. W. Hall of Prince George County in the State of Maryland, but your petitioner cannot state the price he paid for said Letha, as he purchased her together with her brother & sister for a certain sum, Viz: the sum of $350, said purchase was made in December 1856—Your petitioner herewith files the receipt of the said Hall for the said purchase money
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Letha was, at the time of said
discharge therefrom, of the value of four hundred
fifty dollars in money
.,(3)your petitioner having been heretofore
offered that amount of money for her, but not wishing to dispose of her
declined to sell
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 Letha into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Letha 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 Letha 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 Letha 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.
Wm W Hall
Received Dec 4th 1856 of Harrison Wallis Three Hundred & fifty which is in full for the three following negro children James Jefferson—Sarah Sophia & Letha—children of Linda Coleman
I convey all the right title claim and interest of John T. Holtzman of the above named negroes for the above consideration
W W Hall Agt for Jno. T. Holtzman
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Harrison Wallace 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.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 14th day of July A. D. 1862.
F. J. Murphey J. P.
Harrison Wall [illegible]
for compensation for one slave
W. W. Hall
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.