Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10383307 Details

State:Delaware
Salutation:To the Honorable, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met
Filing Date:1833-January-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:Nine free people of color petition for the repeal of "An Act to prevent the use of fire Arms by free negroes and free mulattoes and for other purposes" that was passed by the Delaware legislature on 10 February 1832. The law, they argue, "has a demoralizing effect upon the free People of Colour, for by placing them under suspicion -- making them to feel that the eyes of the white people are continually over them, whether for good or ill" and it "interferes with their religious privileges, violates their rights of conscience -- and exposes them to all the horrors of perpetual slavery for the act of worshipping their Creator, according to the dictates of their consciences." They proclaim that they have always conducted themselves in a peaceable and quiet manner and that many among them have acquired land and other property. Flattering "themselves, that they had gained the confidence of their superiors" and that they have never done anything that "would, or ought to have forfeited the good opinion of white people," the petitioners "humbly pray a repeal of that act."
Result:House: read, referred; "Reported by bill"
# of Petition Pages:1
Related Documents:See PARs #10383301 through #10383304, #10383306, #10383307
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 10383307

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:9
Defendants:0
Petitioners:9
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 230, 233
  • Microfilm: 230, 233

Processing Information

Record Created:3/5/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/29/2007 6:10:00 PM