Race and Slavery Petitions Project

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PAR Number 10379102

State: Delaware Year: 1791
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: At least fifty-seven petitioners seek the strengthening and enforcement of acts regulating the transportation of slaves over state lines, the exportation of slaves to other parts of the South, and the enslavement of free blacks.

PAR Number 10379403

State: Delaware Year: 1794

Abstract: In 1780, Maryland resident Sarah Frisby hired five of her slaves--Ben, Cuff, Stephen, Betty, and Kate--to Richard Lavin of Maryland; Frisby later moved to Delaware, where she currently resides. The petitioner explains that the law passed in 1787 renders "it unlawful to bring slaves into this State and [entitles] them in such case to their liberty." Of the opinion that "she would be able to render the condition of the said slaves more comfortable to them & more profitable to herself were she allowed to bring them into this State," she asks that she be exempted from said law.

PAR Number 10382102

State: Delaware Year: 1821
Location: Sussex Location Type: County

Abstract: Nathaniel Ross of Sussex County purchased timber land in Dorchester County, Maryland. He states that he is "unable to cultivate or get Timber or cut wood off that Land with his own Slaves in consequence of the existing Laws which would in such case entitle them to their Freedom." He therefore requests that an act be passed "allowing him to send [his] slaves to said Tract of Land for the purpose of Cutting wood Timber or to cultivate it."

PAR Number 10382602

State: Delaware Year: 1826
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: The Wilmington Society of Friends, at their monthly meeting, urge the legislature to immediately abolish slavery. Arguing that slavery is evil, unjust, and oppressive, the petitioners put forth that "we believe it to be a truth, that in oppression, cruel suffering, and degradation, negro Slavery remains without a parallel in the known world."

PAR Number 10382901

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: Thirty-three memorialists, believing "that negro slavery originated in the worst species of piracy, and that no lapse of time, or succession of generations, can purge the system from the guilt of its first institution; that neither patriotism nor the higher obligations of christianity can tolerate its existence," do "seriously and earnestly solicit the Legislature to enact a law prescribing that all children who may be born of slaves within this State, at any time hereafter, shall be free, at such ages as the Legislature may judge expedient."

PAR Number 10382902

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: Eighty-one citizens, "thoroughly convinced of the impolicy as well as injustice of Negro slavery," note that "our neighbouring sister States, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York" have "passed laws for the gradual extinction of slavery." Of the opinion that such legislation was "wise," the petitioners "earnestly recommend, that a law be passed, fixing a period after which all children born of slaves, shall be free at age 21, 28, or whatever age you, in your wisdom, may deem best."

PAR Number 10382903

State: Delaware Year: 1829
Location: New Castle Location Type: County

Abstract: Eighteen citizens, "thoroughly convinced of the impolicy as well as injustice of Negro slavery," note that "our neighbouring sister States, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York" have "passed laws for the gradual extinction of slavery." Of the opinion that such legislation was "wise," the petitioners "earnestly recommend, that a law be passed, fixing a period after which all children born of slaves, shall be free at age 21, 28, or whatever age you, in your wisdom, may deem best."

PAR Number 10382906

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: One hundred and thirty-three memorialists, believing "that negro slavery originated in the worst species of piracy, and that no lapse of time, or succession of generations, can purge the system from the guilt of its first institution; that neither patriotism nor the higher obligations of christianity can tolerate its existence," do "seriously and earnestly solicit the Legislature to enact a law prescribing that all children who may be born of slaves within this State, at any time hereafter, shall be free, at such ages as the Legislature may judge expedient."

PAR Number 10382907

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: Thirty-seven memorialists, believing "that negro slavery originated in the worst species of piracy, and that no lapse of time, or succession of generations, can purge the system from the guilt of its first institution; that neither patriotism nor the higher obligations of christianity can tolerate its existence," do "seriously and earnestly solicit the Legislature to enact a law prescribing that all children who may be born of slaves within this State, at any time hereafter, shall be free, at such ages as the Legislature may judge expedient."

PAR Number 10382919

State: Delaware Year: 1829
Location: Sussex Location Type: County

Abstract: George Wootton of Sussex County, Delaware, states that he married Elizabeth King of Worcester County, Maryland; "since the intermarriage of your Petitioner with the said Elizabeth," his wife's grandfather Jesse Powell gave her "a negro woman named Gatty and her two children the one named Maria and the other named Mary." Wooten explains that Powell "is very desirous that your Petitioner should take the aforesaid negroes into Possession and remove them into this State." He notes, however, that he is advised that if he brings said slaves into the state "without first obtaining the enactment of a law authorising and impowering him to do so, that the said negroes will be entitled to their freedom." He therefore prays that a law be passed "authorizing and empowering your Petitioner to bring the aforementioned negroes from Worcester County in the State of Maryland into this State and to hold them as Slaves."

PAR Number 10382924

State: Delaware Year: 1829

Abstract: One hundred and thirty citizens, "thoroughly convinced of the impolicy as well as injustice of Negro slavery," note that "our neighbouring sister States, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York" have "passed laws for the gradual extinction of slavery." Of the opinion that such legislation was "wise," the petitioners "earnestly recommend, that a law be passed, fixing a period after which all children born of slaves, shall be free at age 21, 28, or whatever age you, in your wisdom, may deem best."

PAR Number 10384704

State: Delaware Year: 1847

Abstract: "The petition of the undersigned, inhabitants of the said State, respectfully asks that you will enact a suitable law for effecting the extinction of Slavery within this Commonwealth." Forty-four citizens signed said petition.

PAR Number 10384705

State: Delaware Year: 1847

Abstract: "The undersigned citizens of New Castle Co state of Delaware respectfully request you to addopt some feasible plan to abolish slavery immediately throughout the state." Eighty citizens signed said petition.

PAR Number 10384706

State: Delaware Year: 1847
Location: Sussex Location Type: County

Abstract: In response to an act passed by the Delaware House of Representatives "declaring all negroes born in this State after the Year 1850 to be free," forty-one petitioners advise the legislature to "abstain for the present at least from any Legislative enactments on the subject." The petitioners believe that, instead of being "advantageous to that class of people," said law would "induce many avaricious persons so to sell and dispose of them as to forever exclude all chance of their freedom."

PAR Number 10384906

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Two hundred forty-one petitioners, "votable citizens of the state of Delaware, respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with the least possible injury to vested rights."

PAR Number 10384907

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Two hundred forty-three petitioners, "votable citizens of the state of Delaware, respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with the least possible injury to vested rights."

PAR Number 10384908

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Ninety-one petitioners, "votable citizens of the State of Delaware, respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with the least possible injury to vested rights."

PAR Number 10384909

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Forty women residents, "inhabitants of the state of Delaware, respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with the least possible injury to vested rights."

PAR Number 10384910

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: "Your petitioners, votable citizens of the state of Delaware, respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with the least possible injury to vested rights."

PAR Number 10384911

State: Delaware Year: 1849
Location: Sussex Location Type: County

Abstract: Twenty-two citizens of Sussex County "most Respectfully do Represent; that an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware; passed in the year 1760 ... Entitled a further suppliment to the Act entitling an act for the better regulation of servants and slaves, within this Government; is essentially wrong and should in the opinion of the public, long since been repealed or amended." They "therefore pray your Honorable body to amend said Act, so that all petitions for freedom shall be by a next friend, the said next friend to be a free white citizen of the county where the petition is filed; that in all cases of a petition for freedom where matters of fact are involved, the case shall be decided by a Jury if not submitted by the parties to the decision of the Court; and that in all the decisions of the cases on petition for freedom, the costs of suit shall follow the decision of the case in the same manner as costs follow other causes decided in the Superior Court.”

PAR Number 10384912

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Thirty-two citizens of Sussex County "most Respectfully do Represent; that an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware; passed in the year 1760 ... Entitled a further suppliment to the Act entitling an act for the better regulation of servants and slaves, within this Government; is essentially wrong and should in the opinion of the public, long since been repealed or amended." They "therefore pray your Honorable body to amend said Act, so that all petitions for freedom shall be by a next friend, the said next friend to be a free white citizen of the county where the petition is filed; that in all cases of a petition for freedom where matters of fact are involved, the case shall be decided by a Jury if not submitted by the parties to the decision of the Court; and that in all the decisions of the cases on petition for freedom, the costs of suit shall follow the decision of the case in the same manner as costs follow other causes decided in the Superior Court.”

PAR Number 10384913

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Forty women residents, "inhabitants of the state of Delaware, respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with the least possible injury to vested rights."

PAR Number 10384914

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Ninety-one petitioners, "votable citizens of the State of Delaware respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with least possible injury to vested rights."

PAR Number 10384915

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Two hundred forty-three petitioners, "votable citizens of the State of Delaware respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with least possible injury to vested rights."

PAR Number 10384916

State: Delaware Year: 1849

Abstract: Two hundred forty-one petitioners, "votable citizens of the State of Delaware respectfully ask that you will enact such laws, as in your wisdom, may be deemed necessary for the immediate abolition of slavery in Delaware, with least possible injury to vested rights."

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