Petition #11681712


Forty-nine residents of Isle of Wight County fear the large black population in their midst. They point to two recent murders of whites by blacks, and the difficulty in apprehending out lying and runaway slaves. They suggest more stringent legal penalties for those, whites and blacks, caught harboring fugitives, including, for free blacks, the death penalty. The intercourse between slaves and free persons--free blacks and poor whites--"is calculated to produce crimes of the most serious and dreadful consequences, to promote insubordination & a spirit of disobedience among the slaves, & finally to lead to insurrection & blood."

Result: Rejected.

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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia