Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11282406 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable The Senate & House of Commons of N. Carolina (SWAIN,, David L.)
Filing Date:1824-December-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:Nineteen Buncombe County residents express concern about the increasing number of free blacks in their midst. They realize that they "need not bring to the view of your honorable body all the many evils and inconveniences arising from an undue portion of this idle & marauding description of persons" and "that they are immoral idle & dissolute are facts of notoriety whenever they are numerous." The petitioners further argue that free people of color "infuse corruption and a spirit of insubordination into the slaves." Having "had enough of this unfortunate & troublesome portion of our species to feel them a public nuisance," they therefore pray that an additional tax be imposed "on all free persons of Colour now resident in the state, & on such as may subsequently emmigrate and settle amongst us a capitation tax of fifty dollars per annum."
Result:Senate: rejected by committee of finance
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Report Committee of Finance, 15 December 1824
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11282406

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, Senate Committee of Internal Improvements, Miscellaneous Reports, November 1824--January 1825
  • Box: 4

Processing Information

Record Created:10/21/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/24/2008 9:04:00 AM