Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10381701 Details

Salutation:To the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:circa 1817

General Petition Information

Abstract:Nine citizens of Delaware express concern about the increasing number of kidnappings of free people of color, who are "wrested from their families and carried into perpetual bondage." They assert that this "iniquitous traffic" is "both known and deplored by many of the members of the Legislature themselves; but bounds can never be set to its progress, till some Law be granted whose penalty shall exceed the hope of advantage from this commerce." They further note that the grand jury of Baltimore County "are among others, petitioners to the Legislature of Maryland, for a Law of similar effect with that for which we petition." The petitioners "therefore submit our Memorial and Petition to the Legislature, expecting its success from their justice, and hoping it from their humanity."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PARs #10381612, #10381705 through #10381717, #10381802, #10381808 through #10381817; Grand Jury Presentment, New Castle County, 17 December 1816; Letter, James Booth to "The Honourable The Speaker of the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware," 6 January 1817
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 10381701

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 380-387
  • Microfilm: 380-387

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/29/2007 8:39:00 PM