Petition #11380101


The President and other members of "The Company for the inland navigation from Santee to Cooper River" seek permission to import African slaves to work on the inland navigation project, which "is for the Interest of every Commercial and agricultural Country like this State." Having completed one phase of the operation, they argue that they must now build several roads and a ferry canal in the Santee Swamp. The petitioners acknowledge that said company is already one hundred thousand pounds in debt; in addition, they note the "wages of workmen and other labourers [are] very much enhanced." They therefore "presume to submit as an eligible mode the propriety of the Legislature granting them the licence of importing a competent number of Negro Slaves from Africa."

Result: Referred to committee; unfavorable report.

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