Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11279808 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Wake
Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1798-December-11
Ending Date:1798-December-13

General Petition Information

Abstract:Peter Bird, by his fortunate "passing the State House in Raleigh," was able to foil the designs of "divers men" who were engaged in robbing "the Treasury Office as well as all the other offices in the State House." Bird, "a negroe man Slave the property of John Haywood," believes he "only acted the part of an honest man in making the discovery." He further notes that "the General Assembly would have rewarded a white man for such an essential service by a large sum in Cash." Hoping "to be set free from his master as a reward he has rendered the state," the petitioner avows that "to a man in Slavery, no reward can be so valuable as ... being emancipated."
Result:committee recommends bill of emancipation
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Testimonial, John Haywood, 10 December 1798; Testimonial, J. Craven, 11 December 1798; Report of Committee, 12 December 1798
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11279808

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Select Committee Reports, November--December 1798
  • Box: 3

Processing Information

Record Created:8/31/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/6/2008 9:55:00 AM