Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11484920 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee
Filing Date:1849-November-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sixty-nine “Merchants and others” complain about excessive taxation. On sales of $200,000 worth of merchandise, they point out that wholesalers pay the enormous sum of $2,000, not including corporation or city taxes. The petitioners decry that "if this tax is persisted in, it will destroy the Wholesale business, which it has already seriously crippled"; in addition, another $2,000 in taxes is imposed at the retail level. Complaining that land owners and slave owners pay only one-tenth this amount, the petitioners “humbly pray that the equitable principle of the Constitution, that ‘no species of property, from which a tax may be collected, shall be taxed higher than any other species of property of equal value’ shall be extended to Merchandise as well as to other kinds of property.”
Result:referred to Committee on Ways and Means
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:See PARs #11484802, #11484903, #11484905, #11484908 through #11484918, #11484921 through #11484950
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11484920

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 68-1849-2
  • Microfilm: Reel #18,

Processing Information

Record Created:10/10/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/9/2008 7:23:00 AM