Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11285410 Details

State:North Carolina
Salutation:To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1854-December-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:The North Carolina Agricultural Society seeks new laws to protect sheep from being killed by dogs. Thomas Ruffin, president of said society, contends that many slaves own dogs that commit such depredations, whereby "the master would be liable for damages done by the slaves' dog." He therefore suggests that the legislature impose a tax on dogs. Ruffin hopes such a taxation will "indirectly induce persons not to have more dogs than they really need for the purpose of guarding their premises, destroying wild beasts of prey, or hunting game for food -- purposes which your memorialists certainly do not want to thwart.” However, “beyond those purposes, dogs are kept merely for amusement, or wantonly for mischief" and it is these dogs, he surmises, that "are therefore proper subjects for taxation."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11285410

People Associated with Petition 11285410

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records, House Committee Reports, Agricultural and Internal Improvements, November 1854--February 1855
  • Box: 10

Processing Information

Record Created:10/10/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/28/2008 11:09:00 AM