Petition #10383213


Thirty-one Dover residents complain that they "are much annoyed and put to great inconvenience by nightly assemblages of negroes and mulattoes in the streets and upon the public square of said town, and by the firing off of guns ... and crackers, and the lighting of bonfires within the limits of the said Town." They further purport that "such assemblages frequently lead to riots fights and other breaches of Peace and always tend to interrupt the harmony and good government of the said town." They therefore seek a law granting greater powers to local authorities to prevent and suppress such "mischief."

Result: House: read; senate: read.

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Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware