Walter Thomas & Dennis Thomas v. Alexander Scott. Petition for Freedom


To the Honourable the Judges of the Circuit Court for the County of Washington, and District of Columbia.

The petition of Walter Thomas, and Dennis Thomas, humbly sheweth: that they are held in slavery by Alexander Scott, of the county of Washington, and District of Columbia, and they are advised that they are entitled to be free, being descended from a free white woman whose name was Elizabeth Thomas, in the female line. They therefore pray your honours, the premises considered to discharge them from the custody of the said Alexander Scott, if they should prove their descent as aforesaid; and that summons may issue for the said Alexander Scott to answer this petition, and they will pray and so forth.

Lewis. P. W. Balch for pet.



filed 7th Dec 1809.