Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11282002 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:New Hanover
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. the Gen'l Assembly of North Carolina
Filing Date:1820-December-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ninety-five Wilmington residents complain about transient traders who arrive during the winter and spring months and whose chief capital "is invested in spiritous liquors, & that the trade is almost exclusively confined to the black population." The petitioners remark that the effects of said trade are "truly alarming" since it "opens a wide field for the commission of the most nefarious acts and jeopardizes the best interests of our Town." They further charge that "these persons use the foulest stratagems to intice our slaves from his duty, & that they have, on many occasions, inveigled them from their owners, & conveyed them into the Northern States, from whence they are irrecoverable." Noting that "our youth may be insnared" as well, the petitioners ask that consideration be given on imposing "a Tax on all transient persons engaged in the vending of Goods, wares, & Merchandize, similar to that exacted by our sister States--South Carolina & Georgia."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Report of Judiciary Committee, 19 December 1820
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11282002

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, House Committee Reports, November--December 1820

Processing Information

Record Created:10/22/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/13/2008 5:34:00 PM