Petition #11086403


Twelve citizens of Madison County request the legislature to pass various laws restricting railroad employees to "Southern raised men or their slaves." They state that they "apprehend no danger from our blacks -- they are by us as strong as can unite man to man, our true friends -- the danger we dread is from base white men, from the free soil states who having waited in vain for that manifestation of discontent among the servile population ... are determined with unparalleled effrontery to attempt to hasten our destruction by overt acts of their own." Thus not only should the legislature pass the railroad laws but should also require the sheriffs of the state to provide the names of those who refuse to swear allegiance to the state of Mississippi or to the Confederacy.

Result: Denied.

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Repository: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi