Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11281601 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:New Hanover
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1816-December-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:Harriet Laspeyre seeks a separation from her husband Bernard, "late of the Island Hispaniola." Laspeyre laments that she "discovered to her infinite mortification that her property trifling as it was had been the primary object of his warmest affection." She further confesses that she "was too soon made sensible of his fixed determination to compell her by every diabolical scheme & the brutality of his manners and the malignity of his heart could devise to a surrender of every thing she held in her own right." In addition, she confides that she "was at length stripped of the right that every woman claims" as she was "divested of her keys," thereby "deprived of the authority of a mistress, her negroes forbidden to obey her orders under penalty of the severest punishment." Laspeyre charges that "the profits arising from the labor of her Slaves, which ought to have been appropriated, to the support and education of her children, she had the extreme vexation to see wantonly lavished on his black and mulatto mistresses." Having left her house under a serious apprehension "of an attempt upon her life," the petitioner therefore prays "your Honourable body in tender consideration of her wretched and desolate condition, to pass an act to separate her from her said husband and to secure to her the residue of her little property and what she may hereafter acquire."
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11281601

People Associated with Petition 11281601

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

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Divorce and Alimony Petitions, November--December 1816
  • Box: 2

Processing Information

Record Created:10/20/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/1/2008 9:26:00 PM