Petition #11485121


Forty-four citizens of Lewis County represent "that the community is suffering very much under the present Tippling laws and the trafficking in spiritous liquors to slaves and free persons of color." The petitioners assert that "the laws in relation to trafficking in intoxicating drinks with slaves and free persons of color are now very imperfect." They point out that "an unprincipled liquor vender may now by closing his doors, ruin a whole neighborhood of slaves because no white man may see him sell." They therefore propose "that the duty and responsibility of giving liquors to slaves shall be confined to their owners alone" and that “your Honorable body ... repeal the whole law.”

Result: Referred to committee on tippling houses.

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Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee