PRIMARY DOCUMENT

“English running away with negroes” (1661)

ORIGINAL IMAGES
Hening's Statutes at Large
SUMMARY

In this act, “English running away with negroes,” passed by the General Assembly in the session of March 1660/61 (Old Style), colonial Virginia‘s government responds to the problem of runaway indentured servants and slaves.

FULL TEXT

Hening's Statutes at Large

BEE itt enacted That in case any English servant shall run away in company with any negroes who are incapable of makeing satisfaction by addition of time, Bee itt enacted that the English so running away in company with them shall serve for the time of the said negroes absence as they are to do for their owne by a former act.

MAP
TIMELINE
March 1660—March 1661
The General Assembly passes a law entitled "English running away with negroes" that adds years of service, in addition to the normal penalty, to runaway white servants captured with blacks.
CITE THIS ENTRY
APA Citation:
General Assembly. “English running away with negroes” (1661). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/english-running-away-with-negroes-1661.
MLA Citation:
General Assembly. "“English running away with negroes” (1661)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 24 Jul. 2021
Feedback
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Sponsors  |  View all