Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11385006 Details

State:South Carolina
Location:Charleston
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:State of South Carolina To His Excellency W. B. Seabrook, Gov. & Commander in Chief [To the General Assembly] (SEABROOK, W. B.)
Filing Date:1850-December-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:Thomas Bennett seeks a pardon for his slave Peter Blacklock. He represents that an altercation broke out between Peter and another slave named York; the said Peter "inflicted on York a blow that fractured his skull and caused his death in a few hours." Bennett further recounts that Peter was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to receive "one Hundred and twenty five Lashes and then to be removed to the Jail of the district" and to "remain imprisoned for two years, the first year of which he should receive monthly Twenty Lashes." He discloses, however, that the said slave is "considerably advanced in years" and that he "became intemperate from the use of ardent spirits -- this habit followed by Epileptic fits." Describing Peter as "a wretched remnant of Humanity -- Prostrate mentally and physically by disease," Bennett fears that his slave "will not probably survive to the termination of his confinement without the interposition of Executive clemency.” The petitioner therefore prays "that Your Excellency would extend to this unfortunate man the Executive prerogative of pardon."
Result:pardoned, transported out of state
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11385006

People Associated with Petition 11385006

Slaves:2
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 1850 #28
  • Page: frames 1329-33
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames: 1329-33

Processing Information

Record Created:10/16/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/6/2008 11:51:00 AM