Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11382215 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the President and members of the Senate of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1822

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twelve "owners of certain slaves who have been lately executed in consequence of their conviction of the crime of attempting an insurrection in this State" seek relief. They insist that "they neither pretend that their slaves were innocent, or that they had an impartial trial, but the foundation on which they rest their expectations" grows out of a principle established "both in law and morality." The petitioners declare that "if one man take the property of another he should give him in return the value of said property" whereby "every person has an unqualified right to his own property and an absolute controul over the same." They therefore ask "why then should they suffer -- the State has taken away their property to answer the ends of public justice with which they are satisfied." The petitioners seek from "your Honorable body" reasonable and just indemnification for the loss of their property as occurs when "the State has taken away their property for public purposes of justice (the same as if the State had taken several lots of land for public use.)"
Result:referred to Special Committee
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Deposition, John W. Robertson, William M. Scott, et al., 21 November 1822; Sworn Oath, William M. Scott, 21 November 1822; Sworn Oath, John Billling, et al., 20 November 1822; Sworn Oath, Paul Pritchard, James Marsh, 21 November 1822; Sworn Oath, William Harth, et al., 21 November 1822; Appraisal of Jacob, ca. 1822; Sponsor: William Crafts Jr., Senate, St. Philip and St. Michael (1821-1825)
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 11382215

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 #1839
  • Page: frames 593-603
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 593-603

Processing Information

Record Created:1/6/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/11/2008 8:44:00 AM