Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11484701 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Bedford
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honb Members of the Tennessee Legislature, now Sitting at Nashville
Filing Date:1847-December-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Thirteen "members of the Grand Jury, for the County of Bedford & state of Tennessee," request the passage "of some law for the more effectually preventing negroes from selling, meats, chickens, fruits &c upon public days, at public places." They declare that they "have seen & felt the evil effects of the system now prevailing upon that subject," as "the only way most of the things thus sold are obtained is by stealing -- and your petitioners amongst others suffer from their petty thefts." They therefore propose a law "authorising any person, when they see negroes thus trading, to have them taken up before a magistrate & publicly whipt, unless the negro can produce a written permit from his or her master or mistress, authorizing them thus to trade."
Result:referred to committee on judiciary
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11484701

People Associated with Petition 11484701

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 123-1847-1
  • Microfilm: Reel #18,

Processing Information

Record Created:2/14/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/11/2009 1:24:00 PM