Petition #11085915


Wilson Melton and John Sproles ask that Wesley Moore, "a free man of Yellow Complexion," be exempted from the bill designed to drive free people of color from the state. Moore has lived in Mississippi since 1834, is married to a slave owned by one of the petitioners, and has several children owned by the petitioner. Moore is about forty-six years old. If such exemption cannot be granted, then Moore wishes to enter slavery to be with his family. The petitioners explain that, in anticipation of such eventuality, they will compensate him in the sum of $500, which should be used to pay off his debts, with the residue set aside for his benefit.

Result: Referred to committee.

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Repository: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi