Petition of Cornelius Huxford and Others to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives

Summary: 
A request that a law might be passed to compel the proprietors of lands living remote from the Indian lands on Chappaquiddick to keep in repair their proportion of said boundary fence
Place written: 

Edgartown, MA

Subject: 
Chappaquiddick
Type: 
Petition
Original Date: 
1828.05.20
Source: 
Massachusetts Archives, St. 1828, c.109, passed March 2, 1829
Rights: 
Images may be used for purposes of research, private study, or education. To publish, exhibit, or broadcast this image, please contact the Massachusetts Archives to receive a Permission to Publish form: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125; Reference Desk: 617-727-2816 ext. 222; Email: archives@sec.state.ma.us
Identifier: 
1828.05.20.00
Cultural Narrative: 

Huxford makes specific complains of “cattle belonging to the Indians and people of Colour intruding upon” his and other proprietor’s lands in reason of wanting a law that would bring legal action against those not upholding previous agreements to fence upkeep. Appears it was not focused solely on punishing all land owners living remote to Chappaquiddick, but an emphasis on Native Americans and Black land owners as well. Interestingly, in the 1796 petition of Simon Porridge, Huxford testified that he witnessed animals belonging to White people grazing on Indian land and stated that the fence was incomplete and unlawful.

Place Written: 

Edgartown, Massachusetts

Title: 
Petition of Cornelius Huxford and Others to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Community: 
Keywords: 
Racism
Subject: 
Chappaquiddick
Original Date: 
1828.05.20
Type: 
Petition
Contributor: 
Rights: 
Images may be used for purposes of research, private study, or education. To publish, exhibit, or broadcast this image, please contact the Massachusetts Archives to receive a Permission to Publish form: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125; Reference Desk: 617-727-2816 ext. 222; Email: archives@sec.state.ma.us
Source: 
Massachusetts Archives, St. 1828, c.109, passed March 2, 1829
Identifier: 
1828.05.20.00