Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681712 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Isle of Wight
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon'ble the Speaker & Members of both Houses of the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1817-December-9
Ending Date:1817-December-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:Forty-nine residents of Isle of Wight County fear the large black population in their midst. They point to two recent murders of whites by blacks, and the difficulty in apprehending out lying and runaway slaves. They suggest more stringent legal penalties for those, whites and blacks, caught harboring fugitives, including, for free blacks, the death penalty. The intercourse between slaves and free persons--free blacks and poor whites--"is calculated to produce crimes of the most serious and dreadful consequences, to promote insubordination & a spirit of disobedience among the slaves, & finally to lead to insurrection & blood."
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11681712

People Associated with Petition 11681712

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:11/29/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/17/2009 7:03:00 PM