Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10380103 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 Jany A.D. 1801
Filing Date:1801-January

General Petition Information

Abstract:Five 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 "revere 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 & 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:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 10380103

People Associated with Petition 10380103

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 205-206
  • Microfilm: 205-206

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/21/2007 5:23:00 PM