Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11379303 Details

State:South Carolina
Location:Charleston
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the honorable David Ramsay President, and the honorable Members of the Senate of the State of South Carolina (RAMSAY, David)
Filing Date:1793-December-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:"In behalf of the Whole," eight members of "The Society of Master Coopers of Charleston" express frustration at the "inattention" given by authorities to the law passed 10 May 1740 and revived 12 March 1783 regarding the management of slaves within the state. "[A]t present as well as for considerable Time past," they observe, "the Slaves of Charleston have been privileged (although illegally) to sell traffick and barter, as well as to carry on different Trades and Occupations (free from the Direction or Superintendence of any white Person whatever." They further declare that the black mechanics and tradesmen work "to their own Emolument and the great and manifest Injury of the mechanical part of the Community, selling their Commodities and working at their Trades much lower and at much cheaper Rates, than those persons who are privileged by their Citizenship." The petitioners believe such "Privileges encourage Negroes in Stealing as well as destroy that Subordination which the Situation of this State requires from the Slave towards his master and all other Citizens." The white coopers ask for an act of incorporation, with "Privileges and Rights as are usually granted in such Cases."
Result:referred to committee
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:See PAR #11379309
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11379303

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:8
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number 1793 #64
  • Page: frames 832-34
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 832-34

Processing Information

Record Created:10/19/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/24/2008 3:18:00 PM