Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11484104 Details

State:Tennessee
Salutation:[To the General Assembly of Tennessee]
Filing Date:circa 1841

General Petition Information

Abstract:Henry Brent and Walter Jones, residents of the District of Columbia, petition the Tennessee legislature to direct Tennessee representatives in Congress to support a redrafting of the District's charter to give greater attention to the activities of people of color. They report that the "existing charter" addressed having power to institute "an effective police over disorderly and dangerous persons of various descriptions, comprehending slaves by name" and in particular restraining and prohibiting "the nightly and other disorderly meetings of slaves, free negroes and mulattoes" and "to punish the slaves by whipping and imprisonment, the free negroes and mulattoes by pecuniary fines." They argue, however, that the framer of the new charter deliberately omitted the mention of slaves which would amount "to a disclaimer or renunciation by Congress of any such condition as slavery, of any such property as slaves" and it would "have been equivalent to an admission of the ... ultra doctrines of the most ultra abolitionists."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:14
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11484104

People Associated with Petition 11484104

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 155-1841-1-8
  • Microfilm: Reel #16,

Processing Information

Record Created:10/5/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/22/2008 8:25:00 PM