Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11586601 Details

Location:De Witt
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honbl The Legislature of the State of Texas now in Session (, )
Filing Date:circa 1865

General Petition Information

Abstract:With the "abnormal condition of free negroes," sixty-three white residents of De Witt County "cannot not hope to make them useful in the absence of white laborers & managers." They note that "our agricultural interest must ... materially suffer from the destruction of our patriarchal system; and it is only by a diversification of labor that we can hope to establish a healthful system of labor and give wealth to an otherwise ruined country." They state that "to this end we should encourage the increase of forges, spindles, looms, Tanneries & work shops of every grade & character of mechanism." They therefore would "encourage the citizens from our sister states lately in rebellion with us to settle amongst us" as "they are homogenous in every respect and a population we could welcome and rely upon for directing free negro labor." They further believe said population "would migrate to this State with proper inducement held out to them." The petitioners therefore "respectfully solicit the donation of public lands to individual & families removing here for permanent settlement from the late slaveholding states."
# of Petition Pages:4
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Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11586601

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Texas State Library-Archives Division, Austin, Texas

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  • Record Group: 100
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Processing Information

Record Created:8/7/1996
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/26/2007 12:19:00 PM