Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11282903 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of North Carolina
Filing Date:1829-December-24

General Petition Information

Abstract:One hundred thirty-seven residents of Lenoir County "have long felt the need of Legislative aid, to alleviate the grievances, and perhaps save the life of several of our Citizens from being lost ... [or] wounded by Trying to apprehend those outlyers or runaway Negroes." The petitioners assert that "if a white man should happen to take the life of a runaway negro in Trying to apprehend Said Slave, it is a violation of the law" and the man is "bound to pay for Such Slave." They further declare that "in consequence of the law as it now is we as Citizens do not feel a willingness to risk our lives to apprehend Such Slaves." The petitioners propose instead that "the man or men who will risk his life to apprehend such negro or negroes after being run a way" from his owner for two weeks or more and "not returning home in that time" be compensated and that the said slave "should be considered ... to be Outlawed and the man Taking such negro Dead or a live Shall receive Ten dollars reward."
Result:referred to judiciary committee
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11282903

People Associated with Petition 11282903

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:10/29/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:7/1/2008 6:31:00 AM