Never guilty of any action to forfeit his freedom.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
State of North Carolina, Craven County } To the Worshipfull, the Justices of Craven County
The Petition of James Manly an Indian humbly represents to your Honor that he was free born at Edenton and that he never has been Guilty of any Action by which his Freedom can be forfeited by any of the Laws of this or any other of the United States.
Your Petitioner further begs leave to inform your Worships that he has lived some Time past at Broad Creek and that on or about the [blank] Day of [blank] a Certain John Garland came to the dwelling House of the said James Manly and forcibly drove him away and sold him as a Slave to Colonel Levi Dawson for the Consideration of one hundred pounds Specie. Wherefore as your Petitioner is a Subject of this States; and under the present happy Constitution humbly moves that this worshipfull Court will pass an Order for liberating or Setting him free from the service of Colonel Levi Dawson aforesaid and restore him to his Freedom And as in Duty bound your Petitioner will ever pray. Jas. Cooke Atty. For the Petitioner.
[On back.] James Manlys Petition December Term 1782. James Gatlin & Levi Dawson Read and Granted The Petitioner set Free Chrisr. Neales C.C.
Miscellaneous Records 1757-1929, Craven County Records, North Carolina State Archives.