Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10383312 Details

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:Five 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:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:1
Related Documents:See PAR #10383313
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10383312

Free Persons of Color:5
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 256
  • Microfilm: 256

Processing Information

Record Created:2/16/1998
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/5/2008 12:12:00 PM