Petition of Thomas Patterson, 1774 May 12.
Contains a petition of Thomas Patterson of Buckingham County to the Speaker & House of Burgesses asking for relief for the loss of his slave Tom who committed a murder on a white woman and absconded with two guns. Includes a certificate of Charles Patteson, coroner, regarding an inquest on the body of a woman named Fitzgerald. Lastly, there is a proclamation of John Nicholas & Charles May, justices of peace of Buckingham County, for the surrender of the slave named Tom belonging to Thomas Patteson. The back of the proclamation includes a certificate of William Peavely, Rector of Tillotson Parish, an account of the public to Thomas Patterson for eighty-five pounds, & a certificate of Rolfe Eldridge, Clerk of the Court.