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“An ACT to purchase Pharoah and Tom” (1801)

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In “An ACT to purchase Pharoah and Tom,” passed on January 14, 1801, the General Assembly authorizes the freedom of two slaves who betrayed Gabriel’s Conspiracy the previous August.

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Whereas sound policy dictates, that rewards should be held out to those who have rendered essential service to our country:

1. Be it therefore enacted by the general assembly, That the governor be authorized and requested to purchase and set free, on behalf of this commonwealth, Pharoah, a slave, the property of Philip Sheppard, and Tom, a slave, the property of Elizabeth Sheppard; the amount of said money to be paid out of any money in the treasury.

2. This act shall commence and be in force from and after the passing thereof.

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January 14, 1801
In "An ACT to purchase Pharoah and Tom," the General Assembly authorizes the freedom of two slaves who betrayed Gabriel's Conspiracy the previous August.
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APA Citation:
General Assembly. “An ACT to purchase Pharoah and Tom” (1801). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/an-act-to-purchase-pharoah-and-tom-1801.
MLA Citation:
General Assembly. "“An ACT to purchase Pharoah and Tom” (1801)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 14 Jun. 2021
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