Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10380102 Details

Salutation:To the Honourable the Senators and Representatives of the State of Delaware to convene in the Town of Dover in the said State on the first Tuesday in January A.D. 1801
Filing Date:1801-January

General Petition Information

Abstract:Eighty citizens of Delaware "solicit your serious attention to the degraded vassallage in which many of the Black people and others of Colour are held in this State." They assert that they "approve the language held forth in the preamble to the Constitution of this State that declares That 'Through divine goodness all men have by nature the rights of enjoying and defending life and liberty.' " They therefore request that the legislature "will be pleased to pass such a law for the gradual abolition of Slavery, as you shall deem proper and expedient."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 10380102

People Associated with Petition 10380102

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 202-204
  • Microfilm: 202-204

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/21/2007 5:15:00 PM