Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11283203 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Orange
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the General Assembly of No Ca[rolina] (ALISON, Col. Jas.)
Filing Date:1832-December-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Thirty-two citizens of Orange County complain about slaves being present during muster calls and at elections. They purport that "the unavoidable tendency of Musters and Elections to produce [a] distraction in the mind of slave, is a matter of general observation" and "they make him obstinate and sulky, sometimes indignant, and very frequently full of melancholy reflections upon that hard destiny which deprives him of the privileges of a free man, and obliges him to labour for an other"; moreover, slaves have opportunities to discuss plots of rebellion on such occasions. "Such a class of people your Petitioners would say are a Cancer on the breast of the body Politick and a Millstone hung around the necks of Masters.” They therefore seek a law "to prohibit for the future the attendance of negro slaves at any Muster or Election ground."
Result:referred to committee; report unfavorable
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11283203

People Associated with Petition 11283203

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:2/9/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:9/5/2008 5:36:00 PM