Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11483319 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Hardeman
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable General assembly of the State of Tennessee
Filing Date:circa 1833

General Petition Information

Abstract:Joshua Thurman represents that "in the year of 1831 he purchased his sister Harriett a Slave from Washington Edgings who then owned her" and that "when he made the purchase it was with the express promise and understanding that he your petitioner would give the said Harriett her freedom, That M Edings refused to sell her upon any other condition." Thurman relates, however, "that before it was in his power to do so, the Honorable General assembly of this State passed a law prohibiting the emancipation of Slaves." He further avows that "the said Harriett is a discreet and industrious girl and has greatly assisted your petitioner in paying for her; for which reason as well as the ties of brotherly love," he is still "desirous to discharge this moral obligation of seting her free." The petitioner therefore "with great deference would Humbly pray your Honorable Body to pass a law to authorise your petitioner to emancipate the said Harriett."
Result:reasonable
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, ca. 1833
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11483319

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

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 135-1833-1,2
  • Microfilm: Reel #13,

Processing Information

Record Created:1/20/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/14/2009 8:26:00 AM