Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11284403 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1844-December-14

General Petition Information

Abstract:Seventeen Halifax County residents complain that "it has become a common occurrence for runaway negroes to provide themselves with guns in this County, & to use them in providing themselves provisions, & by threats to intimidate and frighten the timid thereby rendering their apprehension extremely difficult." They cite one example of a farmer who "lost by them seventy five hogs" where the runaways alleged "as the reason they stole from him in particular that he hunted for them; they sent him word, that if he would not hunt for them again -- they would not kill any more of his hogs -- but if he did, they should kill him." Eager "to put a stop to such monstrous outrages of the well being and order of society," the petitioners "would respectfully suggest to your honorable body the passage of a law upon the subject, based on the following principles, to wit -- the negro to be hung, & the state pay the owner for him, & that no one to be held accountable for shooting him while in the woods." They understand that "your honorable body, may perhaps think that the above principles of a law, would be too strong, we dare say they are." They assert, however, "we think strong remedies ought to be used."
Result:approved by committee
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Report of the Select Committee, 8 January 1845
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11284403

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, Petitions, November 1844--January 1845; for Report of the Select Committee, see Select Committee Reports, November 1844--January 1845, Box 4
  • Box: 4

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/18/2008 1:14:00 PM