Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10381602 Details

Salutation:To the Legislature of the State of Delaware now in Session
Filing Date:1816-January-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-six "free citizens of the State of Delaware" ask that an 1811 "Act respecting free Negroes and free Mulattoes" be repealed. Finding said Act "incompatable with the Spirit of our free Constitution," the petitioners believe that said law consigns free people of color to "cruel servitude under hard, avaricious task masters; whose tenderest feelings towards them are but cruelty" and that it permits those "active in entraping the Coloured part of our free Citizens" to "carry on a legalised traffick in human beings." They therefore pray that the Legislature "may be pleased to repeal this Act."
Result:House: read, referred to committee
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #10381603
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10381602

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Page: 352-54
  • Microfilm: 352-54

Processing Information

Record Created:2/27/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/31/2007 1:58:00 PM