Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20379601 Details

Location:New Castle
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Worshipful Justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions for Newcastle County (BASSETT, Richard)
Filing Date:1796-December-23
Ending Date:1796-December-23

General Petition Information

Abstract:Richard Clayton states that his slave William is so "turbulent and unruly" that he is unmanageable. Clayton further recounts that William has run away on numerous occasions, has assaulted one of his slaves "heavy with child, and nearly bit off one of her fingers," and has threatened "to beat out my brains if I attempted to correct him." William is now in jail, and, since he cannot be sold in the neighborhood, Clayton asks to sell him out of the state.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Correspondence, J. Clayton to Richard Bassett and Associates, 21 December 1796
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20379601

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • Court Papers c. 1776-1867
  • Record Group: 2805
  • Folder: 31
  • Microfilm: Reel 7

Processing Information

Record Created:10/24/1995
Record Final Edited:2/1/2000
Record Last Updated on:10/19/2005 10:46:00 AM