Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10383211 Details

Salutation:To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1832-January-7

General Petition Information

Abstract:One hundred thirty-four citizens believe that "the Legislature ought to pass a law against the Coulored people Carrying arms or keeping them in their houses in the State of Delaware." Noting that "at such a time as this when there are so many ... treasonable Conspiracies among them in many States of the Union the state of Delaware not Excepted," the petitioners "think it the indispensible duty of the Legislature, to disarm them in Order that We may be able to prevent such a Catastrophe as has transpired in a Sister State." They therefore pray that free people of color be barred from carrying or possessing firearms. They also "suggest to the Legislature the propriety of Organizing a Military force Either of Militia or Volunteers ... to Organize an Efficient Effective force to preserve Power and protect the Civil authority in Case of Emmergincies."
Result:House: read
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 10383211

People Associated with Petition 10383211

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 204-207
  • Microfilm: 204-207

Processing Information

Record Created:7/8/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/29/2007 11:44:00 AM