Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11282405 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable, the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina to be held at Raleigh on the 15th of November 1824
Filing Date:1824-November-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Richard Mendenhall, president of the Manumission Society of North Carolina, decries the extreme injustice in forcing "men into perpetual servitude" and consigning "their posterity to unconditional & unlimited Slavery,” citing that the principle "of humanity, of Christianity, and all the tender ties of human Nature recoil at such a state of degradation." Mendenhall represents that "this state holds upwards of two hundred thousand Slaves" or "near one third of its population" in "the most abject state of Slavery." He therefore suggests "the propriety of softening" the hardship "of Slavery in our State, with a view to its final extinction." In particular, the petitioner asks "why cannot we fix a time, (it has been done in other States) when there shall be no more slaves born among us." He also reports that "it is ascertained that the Government of Hayti has offered to receive as many of our black population as we are willing to send."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:See PAR #11282503
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11282405

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

Processing Information

Record Created:10/21/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/25/2008 1:14:00 PM