Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10383101 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met
Filing Date:1831-January-7

General Petition Information

Abstract:Free man of color William Toast, alias William Collins, was convicted in the Court of Quarter Sessions of Sussex County in 1828 for stealing $5.50 and sentenced to a term of seven years in slavery. Purchased by Benjamin Potter Jr., Toast absconded to Philadelphia. Toast later returned, was again convicted of theft, and was sentenced to "be publickly w hipped with twenty one lashes on his bare back well laid on" and "that he be disposed of as a Servant to the highest and best bidder or bidders for the term of seven years." Potter seeks compensation for court costs and restitution.
Result:read, referred
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Records of the Sussex County Court of General Quarter Sessions, State v. William Toast, Copy of True Bill, 16 December 1828; State v. William Collins, Copy of True Bill, 12 December 1829
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 10383101

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 168-173
  • Microfilm: 168-173

Processing Information

Record Created:9/1/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/29/2007 10:40:00 AM