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[State Documents]: General Assembly of Virginia, Nos. 21-89, (1852); including five Documents relating to the Case of the Slave Jordan Hatcher
[Richmond, Virginia]. 1852. First. First edition. Document Nos. 21-89, and index, bound in one volume. Thick octavo (containing 69 consecutively numbered documents). Each document has a separate title page (dated 1852) and pagination. A few folding charts and one folding map. Half leather and marbled paper over boards, gilt-stamped spine label. Ex-library copy with a few ink stamps at the front, one perforated stamp on the title page of the first document (no. 21), pocket, and spine number. The front joint is split, front free endpaper detached, some loss to the spine ends, else very good. A scarce volume containing all five documents (a total of 29 pages), relating to the Jordan Hatcher Case.Hatcher was a tobacco factory slave in Richmond, Virginia, who had (unintentionally) killed his overseer in self-defense. In May of 1852, Governor Joseph Johnson ignited a firestorm when he commuted Hatcher's death sentence to sale and transportation beyond the confines of the United States. The five documents are [No. 74]: "Communication containing Gov. Johnson's Reasons for Commuting Jordan Hatcher's Sentence"; [No. 75]: Resolution relative to the Governor's Message on The Case of Jordan Hatcher"; [No. 78]: "Record of Court in Jordan Hatcher's Case, together with the Petition for Commutation of His Sentence"; [No. 79]: "Explanation of Governor Johnson's Reasons for Commuting Jordan Hatcher's Sentence"; [No. 84]: "Report of the Committee for Courts of Justice relative to the Exercise of the Pardoning Power in Jordan Hatcher's Case." OCLC locates one set of the first four Jordan Hatcher documents only (not including no. 84) at William & Mary.Other historically important documents relating to African-Americans from Virginia include two reports on the execution and/or transportation of African-American slaves beyond the confines of Virginia: [No. 46]: "Statements relative to Slaves Executed, Reprieved for Transportation &c." and [No. 80]: "Report of the Joint Committee to examine the Penitentiary Institution." Both documents have several appended tables with detailed information about slaves executed, condemned to be executed and reprieved, and slaves sentenced to sale and transportation, etc. Another document [no. 44], relates to the fugitive slave law between Virginia and New Jersey. Among the other documents in the volume are several relating to the development of railroads and public works projects throughout Virginia. .
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