Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11283502 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1835-November-25

General Petition Information

Abstract:Robert Walker requests the emancipation of his forty-year-old slave James, who has "been an honest & faithful Servant, & has amply paid him in labour for the sum he give when he purchased said James." Declaring that "the said slave James has a wife & five children, who are free & need his assistance for their support & maintenance," the petitioner prays that a law be passed "to emancipate & set the said James free & that he may enjoy all the privilledges of a Free negro." Walker's petition was refused. Even though over forty citizens of Randolph County rallied in support for freeing James, the committee noted "that heretofore it has ever been the practice of the Legislator to liberate slaves upon no other consideration than that of meritorious Services and in the present highly excited state of the times your committee Cannot recommend any departure from former usages."
# of Petition Pages:1
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, 2 November 1835; Report of the Committee on Propositions and Grievances, 25 November 1835
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11283502

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, Senate Committee Reports, November--December 1835

Processing Information

Record Created:3/31/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:9/8/2008 6:40:00 PM