Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681021 Details

Location Type:City
Salutation:To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Virginia
Filing Date:1810-December-10
Ending Date:1811-February-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:On 18 June 1810, the Richmond City Council passed an ordinance that "no negro or mulatto" shall be permitted to use any "Gig chair or other carriage" in the city "except in the Capacity of maid or Servant to some Lady or Gentleman, hiring and riding therein." Christopher MacPherson, a mulatto free person of color who served as clerk during the American Revolution, asks for an exemption from the ordinance. He explains that, as an accountant and bookkeeper, he travels to various parts of the city; moreover, he and his wife are "both advanced in life and occasionally subject to disease -- it has happened and may again happen, that the occasional use of a carriage when they are unable to walk, may be necessary not only for their comfort but their health." The petitioner “submits without a murmur to those Laws of the Commonwealth, which impose disabilities imposed on that class of people to which he belongs and he is not disposed to deny, that there may be persons with respect to whom, the ordinance aforesaid might properly apply, but he humbly conceives that the said ordinance is unjust as it respects himself and family and that it deprives him of rights to which he is intitled under the laws and Constitution of this Commonwealth." He therefore prays that his case be taken into consideration and that “your Honorable Body will be pleased to enact such regulations as will prevent those rights from being infringed.”
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PAR #21681001; List of Subscribers, 11 November 1810; Deed of Emancipation, 2 June 1792; Certificate, Residents of Fluvanna County, 6 May 1799; John Holman to MacPherson, 8 May 1799; William Fraser to MacPherson, 18 May 1799; Certificate, Adam Craig, 20 May 1799; Certificate, George Wythe, 20 May 1799; William Hay to MacPherson, 20 May 1799; Certificate, Reverend James Madison, 25 May 1799; Certificate, Gabriel Maupin, 26 May 1799; Patrick Connor to MacPherson, 7 June 1799; Certificate, Thomas Newton, 7 June 1799; Jedediah Luds [?] to Paul Nash, 2 September 1799; Certificate, William Hening, 24 May 1800; William Hening to John Read Jr., 24 May 1800; An Ordinance for Richmond, 18 June 1810; Certificate, John Quarles, 25 November 1810; Certificate, Oden and Moore, 6 December 1810; Certificate, Henry King, 6 December 1810; MacPherson to Committee for Courts of Justice, 10 December 1810; Certificate, John Warden, 24 December 1810; "Outline of the Life of Christopher MacPherson," 23 December 1810; A List of Copies and Original Documents, ca. 1810
Pages of Related Documents:58

People Associated with Petition 11681021

Free Persons of Color:1
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