Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11381613 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:State of South Carolina Beaufort District To the Honorable the president and Members of the Senate & House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1816

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ninety-one citizens of Beaufort District consider themselves "considerably aggrieved from the want of a Law by means of which the Slaves of this district could be restrained from the mischievous practice of killing up the stock and otherwise injuring the people and well disposed citizens of this district." The petitioners note that, between June and October, many planters and overseers in the region leave their plantations and journey to healthier climes; as a result, slaves kill livestock and steal staple crops with impunity, and "the greater part of the inhabitants especially on the Sea Coast are materially injured." Citing that an 1812 law imposes a penalty on planters with at least thirty slaves who leave them unsupervised, the residents purport that said law "is almost invariably disregarded." They therefore seek a law imposing severe penalties on slave owners who do not reside on their plantations or who do not "keep some white person" on their plantations throughout a given year.
Result:referred to Judiciary Committee
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Sponsor: Richard Bedon Screven, Senate, St. Luke Parish (1812-1818)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11381613

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 #1862
  • Page: frames 811-14
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 811-14

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/19/2008 7:04:00 PM