Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11382317 Details

State:South Carolina
Location:Edisto Island
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable, the Speaker, and Members of the House of Representatives (, )
Filing Date:1823-November-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:The "officers of the Edisto Island Auxiliary Association" assert that "a sacred regard for the safety of their property, and the welfare of the State, have forcibly induced them to establish a Society, in aid of the constituted authorities, with respect to the regulation of the Coloured Population." They purport that "it is not necessary only that the civil authorities should display their customary alertness and devotion to the public weal, but that the zealous aid of every patriotic citizen should be freely offered" to avert a "serious calamity" and "forever crush the spirit of insubordination and revolt." The petitioners point out that "the white population of Edisto Island is to the Black, as 200 to 3000, or as 1 to 15." In addition, the petitioners argue, the "ties of consanguinity and interest are insufficient to prevent even our neighbours from publicly thundering their anathemas against the holders of Slaves; neither moral considerations or political motives can restrain their demagogues from infusing into the bosoms of our credulous and superstitious coloured people, the most dangerous and revolting doctrines." They therefore "respectfully beg" that the Edisto Island Auxiliary Association "may be incorporated as a Body Politic."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PARs #21380402, #21384617; Sponsor: John Townsend, House, St. John Colleton (1822-1831)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11382317

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
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 1823 #151
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  • Page: frames 868-70
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 868-70

Processing Information

Record Created:1/10/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:7/9/2008 7:47:00 AM