Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11281703 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Sampson
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable, the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1817-December-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:Bernard Laspeyre asks that an act passed in favor of his wife Harriet be repealed. Bernard contends that the charges contained in "that obscene Instrument" constitute "a Virulent and Infamous Libel, under the name of a Petition" and that Harriet's petition "cannot be the production of that fallen Angel, once the ornament of her Sex"; said petition accused Bernard of committing adultery with her slaves and marrying her solely for her property. He further asserts that Harriet abandoned him "in a fit of Jealousy" and that he urged "her by the tenderest terms and manner to return to your Memorialist house and family"; instead, he complains that she inveigled "from his Service all his negroes which by a Marriage Settlement are under his Sole controll." The petitioner therefore prays that "you will be pleased to Repeal the act passed Last session in favour of his Wife, as being Ruinous to your Memorialist and family and being Subversive of the most Sacred Institutions of Society." If not checked, Bernard believes that "before long the tables of Both houses [will be] covered with Petitions from Jealous and discontented Wifes, who are now on the tiptoe of expectation to see the issue of this petition."
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:See PAR #11281601
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11281703

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 1817
  • Box: 3

Processing Information

Record Created:10/20/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/1/2008 8:44:00 PM