Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11383101 Details

State:South Carolina
Location:Charleston
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honble The President & Members of the Senate of the State of So. Carolina
Filing Date:1831-December-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Enslow states that his slave John was convicted of "being engaged in a conspiracy and projected insurrection of the Negroes and Sentenced to be imprisoned in the Work House of Charleston untill his Master under the direction of the City Council of Charleston shall send him out of the limits of the United States into which he is not to return Under penalty of death;" said "sentence was in fact a commutation of the punishment of death" due to John's testimony against other slaves. The petitioner further reports that John was therefore duly imprisoned and "that during said confinement he died." Enslow argues that John’s dying in the Workhouse had the same consequence as if he had been executed in that "in either case the property of your Petitioner being taken from him by the public authority, and in the present sentence being dictated by a consideration of the public good." He cites that precedent can be found in the case of David Haig who sued for compensation when his slave Harry died in the Workhouse under the same court-sanctioned sentence. The petitioner therefore prays that his case be taken into consideration and that he be granted "the compensation allowed by Law in case of a Slave executed under the Sentence of a Court."
Result:referred to Claims Committee
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Sworn Oath, Joseph Enslow, 1 December 1831; Affidavit, W. E. Gordon, M. House, 1 December 1831; Extract from Minutes, Charleston City Council, 21 January 1823; see PARs #11382210, #11382601, #11382802, #11382803
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11383101

Slaves:2
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number 1831 #60
  • Page: frames 321-25
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 321-25

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/3/2008 8:42:00 PM