Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10383904 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:1839-January-25

General Petition Information

Abstract:Former Kent County Sheriff Nehemiah Clark denies that he owes the state $136.04, as claimed in the state auditor's report. In 1828 Clark reports that Absalom Davis, a "negro man," was convicted of a crime and "sentenced by the said Court to be sold as a servant for a certain term of years, for the payment of the fine &c." Clark therefore "did proceed to dispose of said negro, by way of public sale" and sold Davis to a certain Abel Harris. When it was discovered that the Davis suffered from a life-threatening "disorder," Harris refused to pay. Supporting Harris's decision, he neither demanded the money nor took legal action, leaving a delinquency in the accounts. Clark asks the legislature for relief.
Result:read, referred
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Recommendation, H. M. Ridgely, J. M. Clayton, et al., ca. 1838
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 10383904

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 285-288
  • Microfilm: 285-288

Processing Information

Record Created:10/10/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/7/2008 6:47:00 PM