Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10385304 Details

Location:New Castle
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met
Filing Date:1853-January-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:Two hundred twenty-one "free colored citizens of New Castle County" petition the government to repeal two acts passed 5 March 1851 entitled "An act in relation to free negroes and slaves" and "An act to amend the Act entitled 'An act concerning apprentices and servants.’" Finding said laws to be "grievously oppressive," the petitioners point out that they "endeavor to perform the duties of good, orderly citizens, and it bears hard on us not to be allowed the privilege of seeking to do better elsewhere without losing our residence and being subject to arrest, fine, imprisonment and sale, provided we return temporarily to visit our families and friends." They, like their "white brethren," profess the "peace of the christian religion, and not to be permitted to assemble together, as we have been accustomed, to ask counsel of God for the salvation of our souls hereafter, and for making us more upright in this life, works against both our spiritual and temporal interest." They therefore "hope and pray" that the legislature will "deem it meet, to repeal the aforesaid acts."
Result:House: presented, read, referred
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:See PARs #10385301, #10385304, #10385309
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10385304

Free Persons of Color:217
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 541-544
  • Microfilm: 541-544

Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/11/2007 4:49:00 PM