Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10382701 Details

State:Delaware
Location:New Castle
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honourable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1827-January-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:The chairman of the Wilmington Union Colonization Society expresses concern about the expanding free black population. Robert Porter argues that free people of color do not and cannot enjoy the most important civil privileges (voting and office holding), cannot associate with whites, and will not be accepted on a basis of equality. Porter defends the legally sanctioned separation by declaring that "our separation from these people is the effect of moral causes, the foundations of which we could not safely remove; amalgamation would demoralize society; the consequence of breaking up the present distinctions would be not to raise the free coloured people, but to sink all to a state of degradation yet unknown.” He therefore suggests "the removal of these people" to the west “coast of Africa” as the solution to what he describes "people by their very condition our enemies." In Porter's opinion, the American Colonization Society is deserving of more "of the resources of the National Government" and if the Society were able to make "this removal general and common, there can be no doubt, that this whole population would flow in a current in that direction."
Result:House: presented, read. referred; Senate: read
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:See PAR #10382702
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10382701

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 54-61
  • Microfilm: 54-61

Processing Information

Record Created:3/1/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/10/2008 5:38:00 PM