Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11678001 Details

Location Type:City
Salutation:To the Hon'ble the Speaker and Gentlemen of the Assembly
Filing Date:1780-November-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:Benjamin Bilberry, a free person of color, traded land for his wife Kate, a slave held by Abraham Cowley. Bilberry laments, however, that "this purchase instead of liberating his said wife & freeing her perpetually from the Shackles of Bondage has only changed her master." He acknowledges that to even "his uncultivated Mind it is irksome to know that he himself, by the Laws of this, now independant Common Wealth, is forced to hold his own Wife in a Slavish Bondage without the power of making her as free as himself." The petitioner therefore prays that "no policy may restrict your Honor from suffering him to enjoy the sweet reflection of having spent the whole labours of his Life in bestowing freedom on one equal by nature ... to himself & whom he has chosen to be the partner of his worldly Cares."
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11678001

People Associated with Petition 11678001

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/4/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/12/2009 9:11:00 AM