Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11481920 Details

State:Tennessee
Salutation:To the Honorable the Legislature of the state of Tennessee, now in Session
Filing Date:circa 1819

General Petition Information

Abstract:Forty-two petitioners seek “to meliorate the condition, of that unfortunate race of people, called SLAVES.” They suggest that masters who free their blacks give them "a lease on lands for years, free of rent, charge and taxes, with provisions adequate for the first year, with a limited portion of stock and articles of husbandry." They further propose that any "unprincipled and designing" men who attempt to deprive former slaves of their freedom should be indicted for a felony. The petitioners also assert that "the western country" might afford a suitable location freed slaves since there "the means of decent subsistence, are easily obtained, and distressing poverty is seldom seen."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:See PARs #11481904 through #11481916, #11481918 through #11481919, #11481922, #11481924 through #11481925, #11481929, #11482102; #11481917, #11481921, #11481923; #11481702, #11481704 through #11481739, #11482507, #11482508, #11482510 through #11482518, #11482604, #11483302, #11483322, #11483324, #11483326, #11483506 through #11483526, #11484103
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11481920

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 37-1819-41,42
  • Microfilm: Reel #6,

Processing Information

Record Created:10/10/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/16/2008 12:07:00 PM