Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10379002 Details

Location:New Castle
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the General Assembly of Delaware
Filing Date:1790-October-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sluyter Bouchell represents that "he was altogether ignorant of any Law whatever forbidding the bringing Slaves in the State under any circumstances." Dr. Bouchell admits that, while administrating the estate of Thomas Witherspoon, "he found it necessary to purchase some additional Slaves whom he brought over about the time of his removal into this State from the State of Maryland." Noting that Abraham, Edward, William, and Rainy have "since instituted their actions for their Freedom," the petitioner asserts "that the Slaves all came willingly into the service of your Petitioner and as he believes are still content to serve him but as they have been instigated by some officious persons to apply for there Freedoms." Bouchell asks the legislature to assist him in preventing “the loss of said Slaves.”
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Summary, Abram v. John Moody, 1789
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 10379002

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:5

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 109-113
  • Microfilm: 109-113

Processing Information

Record Created:2/9/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/16/2007 10:59:00 AM