Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11382222 Details

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

General Petition Information

Abstract:Two hundred eighty-nine citizens of Richland District seek laws preventing owners from allowing their slaves to hire their own time. They aver that "the demoralizing effects which such a practice is calculated to produce, is daily manifested by the dissolute lives of slaves who are thus licenced, and the baneful influence of their examples on the conduct of others." They further decry that skilled slaves "are enabled to labor at cheaper rates than the free white population of the same employments, and thus monopolize, in a great measure, the different mechanical trades; too frequently at the expense and sacrifice of the industrious white mechanic." The petitioners argue "that the vital interests of the whole community are materially interested and concerned, and eminently endangered by the pursuit and in the continuance of this alarming practice, as has been too palpably manifested by the recent and serious occurences in the city of Charleston, in which the principal plot and scheme originated and was matured by the machinations of this very class of our black population." They therefore pray that such laws be enacted "as will immediately and effectually suppress this dangerous and growing practice."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11382222

People Associated with Petition 11382222

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number ND #2893
  • Page: frames 687-93
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 687-93

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/11/2008 10:00:00 AM