Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10382506 Details

State:Delaware
Location:Sussex
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met
Filing Date:1825-January-13

General Petition Information

Abstract:Fifty-five citizens seek a law prohibiting persons of colour from assembling at the polls during general elections. The petitioners claim that persons of color "assemble at the several places where the general Elections of this State are held, on the days of holding said Elections, to the great annoyance and inconvenience of the Electors, who assemble to exercise their right of sufferage, and by fighting, quarreling, and other notorious and unlawful behavior" tend "to interrupt the propriety of said Elections,” thereby encouraging "Vice and immorality, which said abuses demand a speedy and effectual remedy." The petitioners pray that a law be passed "prohibiting said persons of Colour to assemble at the place of holding said Elections on the day said Elections are held under pain of said punishment."
Result:House: read, referred
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #10382505
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10382506

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 753-755
  • Microfilm: 753-755

Processing Information

Record Created:3/2/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/30/2007 5:39:00 PM