Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11381905 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honourable the Speaker & others, the Members of the Legislature of the State of South Carolina now met in general assembly
Filing Date:1819-November-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Seventy-one white working men in Columbia seek legislation that prohibits slave owners from allowing skilled slaves to hire their own time. They suggest several "inconveniences & injuries arising from the aforesaid practice": that when slaves hire their time from their owners "to contract to do a job for any person, there is no remedy for his failing to do it"; a skilled slave, due to his "greater cheapness in his living ... is able to work cheaper & still make his wages than it is possible for white Journeymen to do & maintain their families"; and the wages of skilled slaves "in most cases" are "spent in the indulgence of vicious habits." The petitioners also request that "your Honourable Body see the necessity of prohibiting by Law such negro mechanics from taking apprentices to learn their respective Trades."
Result:referred to Judiciary Committee
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:See PARs #11382009, #11382010; Sponsor: John Howell, House, Richland District (1818-1821)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11381905

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 1819 #98
  • Page: frames 719-23
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 719-23

Processing Information

Record Created:11/2/1993
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/28/2008 10:30:00 AM