Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10384501 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met
Filing Date:1845-January-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Andrew Gray states that his twenty-one-year-old slave Charles was arrested and jailed for theft in 1809. He further reveals that said Charles "after he was arrested and committed did with other prisoners break gaol and escape, and has never since been heard of." The petitioner, thirty-six years later, now seeks compensation for the loss of the slave Charles, as he "has, as he thinks a claim on the state for indemnification." Gray offers certain "observations in support of my petition to allow me a compensation for the loss of my negro slave Charles," in which he states that he is "and always have been friendly to the gradual liberation of negro slaves, and the colonization of them after their liberation." He goes on to recount that he "inherited a family of slaves, all of whom have been long since liberated," estimating the value of the freed male slaves to be $400 at the time. This, he proclaims, "was a sacrifice which abolitionists, who never owned a negro, have not incurred, and consequently have not given the proof of their zeal in the cause of emancipation."
Result:House: presented, read, referred
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Address of Andrew Gray to the Legislature, 7 January 1845; see PARs #10384309, #10384310
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 10384501

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 387-396
  • Microfilm: 387-396

Processing Information

Record Created:1/28/1998
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/7/2008 6:32:00 PM