Petition #11280209


Residents of Northampton County call the "serious attention of the Legislature" to the subject of slave insurrections. Noting that the only Act to address such a subject "was passed in the year 1741," they assert that more measures need to taken "for the suppression of this alarming mischief." They further point to the "circumstances which have taken place in the West Indies during the late war, with some internal causes, have concurred to change considerably the habits of subordination among the Slaves, and your Memorialists are convinced that a firm and steady police are indispensably necessary to keep them in their present condition, and avert those evils which must be the necessary consequences of constant efforts to effect their freedom by insurrection." They therefore "permit themselves to hope for considerable improvements in our police from a careful revision of the patrol Laws."

Result: House, senate: read, referred.

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Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina