Petition #11485901


One hundred eight residents of Maury County deplore "a fearful evil and difficulty fastening upon our body politic, that if not arrested and a stop put to, will be obliged to end in fatal consequences"; said evil, they point out, is "the traffic & sale of Ardent spirits to the slaves." Citing "no other vice or dissipation in our Community half so ruinous as this liquor traffic with slaves," the petitioners propose that "any one found guilty" of supplying slaves with liquor "be confined in the Jail & penitentiary house for a term not less than 1 & not more than 2 years." They are "fully of opinion the passage of the above law would put a stop to the liquor traffic with the slaves."

Result: Referred to committee on tippling houses; rejected.

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Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee