Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11280206 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:New Hanover
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of N. Carolina
Filing Date:1802-November-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:Members of the Mechanical Society of Wilmington join other inhabitants of the town to contest "the practice of many Owners of Slaves in Town, to hire to them their own time." The petitioners argue that said slaves as "mechanics" take on "work on their own account at, sometime less, than one half the rate that a regular bred white Mechanic could afford to do." They also point out that this practice affords slaves with "so much time to themselves" to consort "daily and nightly together" whereby "insurrections, and plans against the lives and property of the citizens may be formed, matured, and carried into execution with unanimity, secrecy and dispatch." They therefore pray that "one particular civil officer" be authorized "to adopt and pursue such vigorous measures for prevention of abuse" of the self-hiring of skilled slaves, whom they consider to be "the irreconcilable enemies of the Whites."
Result:Senate: read, referred
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11280206

People Associated with Petition 11280206

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

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:10/17/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/18/2008 6:38:00 PM