Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10385308 Details

State:Delaware
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 and ninety-seven citizens of New Castle County believe that an "Act of Assembly passed at Dover, March 5, 1851, entitled 'An act in relation to Free Negroes and Slaves,' in our opinion, works great injury to the white inhabitants of the State, as well as injustice to an unfortunate and degraded class of our population, and ought to be repealed." They argue that said law is driving free people of color out of Delaware and into New Jersey and Pennsylvania, "where their just rights are better protected"; the effect of this exodus results "in a scarcity of laborers and increase of wages." In addition, the petitioners point out that steamboat and vessel owners have suffered a loss in their revenue, as free people of color "now go to our sister States" to attend "their religious meetings;" The citizens ask that an act amending "An act concerning apprentices and servants" also be repealed as they believe said law is "unnecessarily oppressive and uncalled for." They therefore "ask the repeal of the above mentioned laws because they are operating adverse to the interests of the State."
Result:House: received, read, referred
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:See PARs #10385303, #10385305 through #10385308, #10385310
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10385308

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 551-558
  • Microfilm: 551-558

Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/10/2007 10:54:00 PM