Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680403 Details

Location Type:City
Salutation:To the Honble the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1804-December-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Fifty-four white residents of Richmond complain that captains of northern trading vessels trade and barter with slaves, corrupting their morals. In some cases, captains "inculcate in their weak minds a spirit of discontent, tending to insurrection." In other cases, they encourage slaves to steal from their owners, receiving the stolen goods "in barter for spirits or baubles." They "decoy them away in the expectation of obtaining their liberty," and "after being thus beguiled they employ them as slaves, and convey them to ports where slavery is tolerated and there sell them as such." The petitioners represent that the laws on the books are weak and unenforceable. They ask for stricter laws to curb these practices.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11680403

People Associated with Petition 11680403

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:10/14/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/20/2009 2:37:00 PM