Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11300005 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable President and Members of the Senate of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:Date Not Specified

General Petition Information

Abstract:Forty-three wharf owners and merchants in Charleston ask the legislature to take action to halt the theft of cotton bales. They assert that “slaves and free persons of Colour, who being able to write, readily manufacture tickets in the name of the owner or employer or any other person, and frequently in the name of a fictitious person” and then sell said cotton and other goods to unscrupulous shopkeepers. They further lament that said trafficking is very difficult to stop and even when suspects are brought in it is difficult to prosecute as the bales have already been shipped out. The petitioners “confidently believe that in the article of Cotton alone, not less than Five Hundred Bales are purchased in illicit traffic by the Shops in Charleston from Slave and free persons of color.” They therefore ask for stricter laws and better enforcement.
Result:referred to Judiciary Committee
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Among the subscribers was James Adger, House, St. Philip and St. Michael, (1826-1827)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11300005

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number ND #1895
  • Page: frames 203-07

Processing Information

Record Created:10/18/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/18/2008 8:40:00 PM