Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10381716 Details

Salutation:To the Senate & House of Representatives of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1817-January

General Petition Information

Abstract:Seventeen 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, #10381701, #10381705 through #10381717, #10381802, #10381809 through #10381818
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10381716

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 417-418
  • Microfilm: 417-418

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/29/2007 8:58:00 PM