Petition #11383407


M. H. DeLeon, Intendant of the Town Council of Columbia, states that residents at a recent meeting asked for the passage of an ordinance that would prevent anyone from teaching slaves to read or write "under any pretext whatever." The Council concluded that it did not have the authority to pass such a law, but ordered DeLeon "to draft a Petition to the Legislature praying them to Repeal the present Law." The petitioner therefore asks the Legislature "to enact such a one, as by its provisions would effectually put a stop to a practice which if continued must eventuate in the destruction of that portion of our property, and ultimately end in discord."

Result: Tabled.

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