Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10382008 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Senate and House of Representatives Of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1820-January-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sixty-one Delaware residents view the proposed expansion of slavery into Missouri and the territory of Arkansas "with anxious foreboding." The petitioners thus urge the legislature to instruct the state's senators and representatives "to give their voice and influence to restrict slavery in the territory of Arkansaw, and proposed new State of Missouri." The petitioners cite the federal law of 1787 prohibiting slavery from "all territory then appertaining to the United States" and the Delaware declaration of rights of 1776. Furthermore, they argue, the Constitution authorizes the Congress to administer the territories and to review applications for statehood and approve or reject them as it may deem "most conducive to the interests of the Union." Finally, the Constitution outlawed the importation of slaves after 1808. Thus, they argue, the Constitution permits Congress, which has proved itself willing, to regulate slavery in the territories.
Result:House: read, referred; Senate: read
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #10382001; Resolutions of Meeting of Citizens of New Castle County, 15 January 1820
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 10382008

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 544-546, 524-530
  • Microfilm: 544-546, 524-530

Processing Information

Record Created:3/9/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/12/2007 6:34:00 AM