Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11382609 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable Speaker and members of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1826

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1817, "prior to the passage of the Act to prevent the emancipation of slaves," Thomas Rivers "entered into a contract for a certain sum of money" to set free a slave named Henry; the sum in said contract was "the value of the said slave" and was paid by Henry's parents, "coloured persons." Rivers, “being advanced in life,” explains that on account of the slave's youth "it was deemed most expedient that the formal part of the regulations respecting emancipation, should not be pushed until the said slave should have attained a more mature age." Noting that the 1820 Act requires that he petition the legislature "for the regular Emancipation of Slaves," the petitioner declares that he is "desirous of doing justice to the parties who have contracted with him respecting the emancipation of the Said Slave." He therefore "applies himself to the liberality of your Honorable Body hoping under the peculiar circumstances above stated the contract being perfectly legal at the time it was entered into," that "he may be permitted to emancipate the said slave named Henry."
Result:referred to special committee; rejected
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:See PAR #11382610; Sponsor: House, Jacob Axson Jr., St. Philip and St. Michael (1826-1835)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11382609

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number ND #1879
  • Page: frames 642-44
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 642-44

Processing Information

Record Created:10/20/1993
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/14/2008 11:49:00 AM