Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10383201 Details

State:Delaware
Location:New Castle
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met
Filing Date:1831-November-25

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-five citizens, "much disturbed by rumours of intended insurrectionary movements among the black portion of our population," ask that several measures be taken "to quiet the excitement." In particular they target "meetings, held under the pretence of religious worship" and the "black preachers, who come into this State, from other States," who are "regular and constant preachers of sedition, to our slaves and free blacks at their night meetings, where no whites are present." They also "believe, that the public safety and peace require, that it should be declared unlawful, for slaves, or free blacks, to own or possess fire arms and other military weapons." Acknowledging that they wish in no way "to abridge any privileges, which they think, can be granted, or continued to that unfortunate class of people," the petitioners nonetheless purport that "they cannot shut their eyes to the fact, that a deep and growing discontent, pervades the blacks, not only in this State, but throughout the Union, which they fear, is assuming a most dangerous aspect." They therefore believe "the time has fully arrived, when it has become the part of prudence, to take such precautionary measures, as may appear best calculated to avert the threatened danger."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PARs #10383201 through #10383209
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10383201

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: 182-183
  • Microfilm: 182-183

Processing Information

Record Created:2/27/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/28/2007 9:38:00 AM