ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, PASSED IN DECEMBER, 1859.

Columbia, S.C. R.W. Gibbes, State Printer, 1859. vi, [2 blanks, 745-835, [1 blank], ix, [1 blank], xx pp. Bound with the following documents, in modern tan buckram, all in excellent condition, all with detailed Indexes. Near Fine.
REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, PASSED AT THE ANNUAL SESSION OF 1859. Columbia: Gibbes. 1859. 598 pp.
JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA: BEING THE SESSION OF 1859. Columbia: Gibbes. 1859. 325, [3] pp.
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA: BEING THE ANNUAL SESSION OF 1859. Columbia: Gibbes. 1859. 208 pp.

Among its other notable accomplishments the General Assembly levied an annual tax of two dollars "upon every dog kept by any free negro, or other free person of color." It created a crime to publish or distribute any document "calculated to disaffect any slave or slaves in this State." Reports publish statistical data on births, marriages, and deaths by race and District. Resolutions affirm the right of secession and urge immediate action to secede with her "Southern sisters."
The Journals are filled with bellicose proclamations and resolutions condemning abolitionists, their enablers, Black Republicans, and the North generally. The House Journal for Friday, December 2, the day of John Brown's execution in Virginia, records the House's "inexpressible scorn and contempt at the infamous hypocritical sympathy expressed by a portion of the Northern people for the recent attempted insurrection at Harper's Ferry, headed by a notorious horse thief, assassin and traitor, whom they have audaciously eulogized as a Christian martyr in his treason, murder and robbery." South Carolina doubts that "it can continue united in the same government with a people whose social and moral tone characterize them as a nation of pirates, savages, assassins and traitors." Item #37322

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