Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11280209 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:The Memorial of the citizens of the County of Northampton to the honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1802-November-17

General Petition Information

Abstract:Residents of Northampton County call the "serious attention of the Legislature" to the subject of slave insurrections. Noting that the only Act to address such a subject "was passed in the year 1741," they assert that more measures need to taken "for the suppression of this alarming mischief." They further point to the "circumstances which have taken place in the West Indies during the late war, with some internal causes, have concurred to change considerably the habits of subordination among the Slaves, and your Memorialists are convinced that a firm and steady police are indispensably necessary to keep them in their present condition, and avert those evils which must be the necessary consequences of constant efforts to effect their freedom by insurrection." They therefore "permit themselves to hope for considerable improvements in our police from a careful revision of the patrol Laws."
Result:House, Senate: read, referred
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11280209

People Associated with Petition 11280209

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Joint Committee of Propositions and Grievances-1, November--December 1802
  • Box: 2

Processing Information

Record Created:10/17/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/18/2008 7:24:00 PM