Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11384302 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1843

General Petition Information

Abstract:Forty-two citizens of Barnwell District "are satisfied that an evil of great magnitude pervades to some extent the whole State, and one which strikes at the vitals of our domestic Institutions, which demands at the hands of the Legislature some effective measures for its suppression." The petitioners "allude to the illicit traffic with Slaves." They lament that "the owner of the property is defrauded of his just Gains, and the slave is made the vehicle through whose hands the stolen property is passed. Thus through the base and nefarious means used, the slave is made the fit instrument of crime, and being trained to every violence, he too often eventually becomes an assassin or incendiary. His mind corrupted, his body diseased, he either fills a premature grave by the effects of disease or through the administration of justice, expiates his crime on the gallows, while the promoter and partner of his guilt escapes with impunity and in defiance of the law." Noting that the dockets are crowded with indictments for trafficking, the petitioners seek a law imposing corporal punishment on whites for a second conviction for trafficking with slaves, either selling them liquor or purchasing corn, rice, or cotton, "the three great staples of the County."
Result:referred to Judiciary Committee
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Sponsor: James Jennings Wilson, House, Barnwell District (1843, 1846-1847)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11384302

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 #2787
  • Page: frames 898-901
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 898-901

Processing Information

Record Created:10/29/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/20/2008 4:07:00 PM