Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11378309 Details

State:South Carolina
Location:All Saints
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable Hugh Rutledge Esquire Speaker, and the rest of the Memebers of the Honorable House of Representatives (RUTLEDGE, Hugh)
Filing Date:circa 1783

General Petition Information

Abstract:In May 1779, Samuel Hasford and several other residents of All Saints Waccamaw were "robbed of a number of their negroes, by a party of the British." The British took the slaves aboard a ship bound for a British port, but two American ships from Massachusetts captured the ship and the slaves; the slaves were carried to Boston. Hasford and several other owners fitted out a vessel "at a considerable Expense" and journeyed to the North to retrieve their slaves but were unable to do so because under the laws of Massachusetts the slaves were entitled to their freedom. The petitioner argues "that such Proceedings on the part of the said supreme Court of Massachusetts Bay are contrary to the Spirit, and Subversive of the Intention and meaning of the Articles of the Confederation." Furthermore, such actions "are highly detrimental to the property of the Inhabitants of this State, and if acceded to ... will inevitably tend to the certain ruin and annihilation of the planting-Interest, by holding out a Temptation to the Slaves, to take refuge in the State of Massachusetts Bay, where they will remain secure in their Liberty." Hasford prays for "such relief as to your Honourable House shall seem just, and Expedient."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Copy of Petition of Samuel Hasford to Massachusetts Governor John Hancock, 25 August 1783; Copy of Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court of Massachusetts, 26 August 1783; Copy of Discharge Warrant, 30 August 1873; Copy of Resolution, Board of War, Massachusetts House of Representatives, John Hancock, 24 June 1779; Benjamin Young to Anthony Rawley, 1779; Extract of Letter, [Henry] Laurens to [John] Rutledge, Philadelphia, 17 July 1779; Copy of Resolution Respecting Recaptured Negroes, Massachusetts House of Representatives, 18 November 1779; John Winthrop to Dear Sir, Boston, 3 September 1783
Pages of Related Documents:18

People Associated with Petition 11378309

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 1784 #55
  • Page: frames 535-54
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 535-54

Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/24/2008 5:14:00 PM