Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10380901 Details

State:Delaware
Location:Kent
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honourable the General Assembly of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1809-January-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:Zachariah Pritchett represents that "the parents of a certain negro lad named George who had been living as free people for near twenty years, placed their son out to service with your petitioner." He further relates that Ezekiel Anderson approached his father, Major Anderson, a justice of the peace, and "complained that your petitioner had obtained the possession of this negro lad whom the said Ezekiel claimed as his property (altho' free born and never bound to him, until lately the said Ezekiel has prevailed upon him without the knowledge or consent of his parents to bind himself before a justice of the peace).” Pritchett cites that Major Anderson issued a warrant that charged him with harbouring George and alleged that George was a runaway slave; George, whilst working in the field, was seized and delivered to said Ezekiel. The petitioner asks that Major Anderson be dismissed as a Justice of the Peace, on the grounds that he had conducted himself in a "most arbitrary" and oppressive manner and that he had knowingly subverted law and justice; moreover, Pritchett contends, "he is grossly ignorant of his office and of the powers vested in him by the law."
Result:House: read, referred to committee
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Pritchett v. Anderson, Answer to Petition, ca. 1809; Subpoenas, 10, 21 January 1809; H. M. Ridgely to Major Anderson, 10 January 1809; Search Warrants, 30 August 1808; Summary, 10 January 1809
Pages of Related Documents:18

People Associated with Petition 10380901

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

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 243-264
  • Microfilm: 243-264

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/27/2007 5:39:00 PM