Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11285103 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Beaufort
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honerable the General Assembly of North Carolina.
Filing Date:1851-January-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:Thirty-nine Beaufort County residents "respectfully request of you the passage of a law prohibiting free persons of colour from owning or carrying fire arms." They believe that it should take more than "proving a good character" in order to receive a license; they argue that a man may "prove his character to be good altho he was the meanest vilian in the whole country." They cite "their owning guns also gives them the opportunity which they make use of to kill a good many of our cattle hogs and sheep And to corrupt the morals of our slave population by loaning them guns and hunting with them on the Sabbath." The petitioners "would also suggest that their owning guns has the tendency to encourage their natural slothfull and idle habits."
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:See PAR #11285102
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11285103

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:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/29/2008 3:01:00 PM