Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11385601 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:1856-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:The "Trustees of the Estate of Dr De La Howe and the Lethe School" ask that the legislature "authorize the purchase four negroes, two men and two women, that is, two men and their wives" for use at the school and on the Lethe Farm. The petitioners argue that "it is a difficult matter to find a negro to hire, and when one is found, the probability is that he is such an abandoned character as to make him of little value." They purport that purchasing slave couples, on the other hand, would provide a more stable labor force and the cost of interest on money borrowed to purchase four slaves would be less than yearly hiring costs. They therefore assert that "the advantages to the proper and successful management of the Estate by purchasing are so clear and decided in its favour, that the Trustees deem it unnecessary to say any thing further, but request your Honorable body to take the matter into consideration."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Sponsor: Samuel McGowan, House, Abbeville District (1850-1861, 1864, 1878-1880)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11385601

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 1856 #18
  • Page: fames 963-65
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, fames 963-65

Processing Information

Record Created:10/17/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/5/2008 5:56:00 PM