the Mayor of Toronto
The petition of the undersigned, People of Colour; residing in the City of Toronto:
That your Petitioners are informed that a Company of "Circus Actors" from the
United States (now travelling in this Province) are shortly to visit this City
for the purpose of performing &c.
That Your Petitioners from the general and almost invariable practice of such
Actors in their performances, have good reason to apprehend annoyances and insults,
in the manner they endeavour to make the Coloured man appear ridiculous and contemptible
in the eyes of their audience.
Your Petitioners would humbly pray that Your Worship would be pleased to prevent
the occurrence of such annoyances and insults, as Your Petitioners believe that
such attempted Exhibitions of the African Character are not at all relished or
approved of by the sensible and well thinking Inhabitants of this Community.
And Your Petitioners as in duty bound, will ever pray.
Toronto, 14th October 1841.
(James Johnson and 28 additional signatures attached)
from people of colour residing in the City of Toronto
to His Worship the Mayor of Toronto
October 14, 1841
City of Toronto Archives
Series 1081, File 57
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