Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11281606 Details

State:North Carolina
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1816-November-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Thirty-two "Owners & Mariners in a portion of the Shiping of this State" seek the repeal of an act passed in 1812 that prohibits slaves from being employed as pilots. They point out that at that time "the probability being much greater that a slave might be reduced to pilot an enemy into port than that a free man should commit such a crime." The petitioners counter, however, that, in a time of peace, "it will be not only safe, but advantageous to permit Slaves to be licensed as pilots," as "the persons of that description employed as pilots being generally well qualified, skillful & hardy" were certified by the Commissioners of Navigation. They therefore pray "that the said act may be repealed."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11281606

People Associated with Petition 11281606

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:10/20/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/5/2008 4:24:00 PM