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"An ACT to purchase Pharoah and Tom" (1801)

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.