Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11679501 Details

State:Virginia
Salutation:To The Speaker and House of Delegates in Virginia
Filing Date:1795-November-16

General Petition Information

Abstract:Three hundred ninety-six petitioners feel obligated to petition the legislature about the evils of slavery. They decry that the institution is "not only a moral, but a political evil." They further contend that slavery "is an outragious violation, and an odious degradation of human nature; tending to weaken the bonds of Society, discourage trades and manufactures, endanger the peace, and obstruct the prosperity of the Country." While the petitioners believe that social chaos would result from immediate emancipation, they "humbly propose, and pray, that a Law may pass declaring the Children of Slaves now born, or to be born after the passing of such Act, to be free" and "to enjoy their Instruction to Read &C." They also request that slaveholders be restrained "from inhuman treatment of those who may remain in Bondage."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11679501

People Associated with Petition 11679501

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions, "Various parts of the State"

Processing Information

Record Created:10/31/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/24/2008 10:29:00 AM