General Petition Information (filed in Washington Co., Mississippi, 1859)
Daniel Grant represents that his nephew, James S. Walker, was sued for nonpayment of debt in Georgia and that he, "being unwilling to see him go to jail," agreed to serve as his nephew's bail bond. Grant further relates that the said James "left the state of Georgia forfeited his bail bonds and your orator became responsible for the debts aforesaid." The petitioner reports that he followed his nephew to Mississippi and found him in company with Freeman Walker in Washington County "with a large number of Negroes." Grant reveals that the said James and Walker "executed a mortgage or deed to your orator" that authorized him to sell said slaves "to meet any responsibility he might incur as security of the said James." Noting that executions have issued against him for the payment of his nephew's date, the petitioner prays that said slaves be taken into custody and that the defendants be restrained "from running the said negroes out of the state."