Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10381901 Details

Salutation:To the Honorable Senate & House of Representatives of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1819-February-3

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-six Delaware citizens seek the return of Benjamin Benson, a free man of color who was "kidnaped by some evil disposed person or persons concerned in the traffic of human flesh near our town and taken & sold in the county of Guilford State of North Carolina for a slave during life." They report that "by the laudable assistance of a friend to Humanity in that State we have his case in a fair way to recover his freedom But it appears to be absolutely necessary to effect an object so desireable that his person should be Identified in a court of Justice qualified to hear said case." They ask the governor to appoint a person from Delaware who is acquainted with Benson to go to North Carolina and identify him as a free man.
Result:House: read, referred to committee
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 10381901

People Associated with Petition 10381901

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Page: 502-503
  • Microfilm: 502-503

Processing Information

Record Created:2/14/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/6/2007 7:36:00 PM