Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11382610 Details

State:South Carolina
Location:Charleston
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the President and Members of the Senate 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, "persons of colour." Rivers, “being advanced in life,” explains that on account of Henry'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 slaves." 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:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:See PAR #11382609; Sponsor: Henry Deas, Senate, St. Philip and St. Michael (1824-1835)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11382610

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number ND #1878
  • Page: frames 639-41
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 639-41

Processing Information

Record Created:10/20/1993
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/14/2008 11:48:00 AM