Petition #11685901


Thirty-seven residents of Prince George County insist that to protect the "due subordination of slaves to masters, & generally of the inferior black to the dominant white class," the assembly must address "two existing & wide-spread evils." These evils are 1) "the shops or other places for the unlicensed selling of intoxicating liquors to slaves" and the "carrying on with them other illegal traffic;" 2) "the intercourse with slaves, (& also with free negroes,) of persons, whether vagrants or temporary sojourners, who, in many cases, are either voluntary agents or hired emissaries of northern associations, or individuals, laboring to destroy slavery in the southern states, by instigating desertion, or conspiracy & insurrection." They seek new measures for the "prevention & punishment" of the twin evils.

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Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia