Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11382224 Details

State:South Carolina
Salutation:To the Honourable the Members of the Senate of the State of South-Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1822

General Petition Information

Abstract:Three hundred thirty-four officers and members of the "South Carolina Association" seek to limit an evil of the greatest magnitude, i.e., "the constant intercourse, which is maintained between the blacks of the North and South." They exclaim that "to permit a free intercourse to exist, under such circumstances, between our slaves and their free persons of colour, would be, to invite new attempts at insurrection." The petitioners also decry the presence in South Carolina of "coloured persons" from Europe and the Caribbean, in particular. The memorialists opine that they "cannot conceive a measure, which can give greater security to the State in general, than to prevent ANY FREE COLOURED PERSON FROM ANY PART OF THE WORLD ever entering again into the limits of the State of South-Carolina, by LAND OR BY WATER." Hopeful "that the dangers which menace our prosperity as a Slave-holding State, will be met by a corresponding energy in the laws," the petitioners propose the establishment of "one CONSOLIDATED NEGRO ACT or code, for the government of this class of people," which would incorporate all the "hundreds of acts and parts of acts passed in the course of a century" and which "will give security to the master, without taking away from the protection of the slave ... whilst [enabling] every planter and citizen, at one glance to see his rights and his duties, and thus be a public convenience."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11382224

People Associated with Petition 11382224

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 #1415
  • Page: frames 168-69
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 168-69

Processing Information

Record Created:8/26/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/11/2008 12:02:00 PM