Petition from inhabitants of Granville County concerning the tax on free negroes
Howard, David; Et Al.
Volume 09, Pages 97-98
[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
To the Honble the Speaker and Gentn of the House of Assembly
The Petition of the Inhabitants of Granville County Humbly Sheweth, that by the Act of Assembly Concerning Tythables, it is among other things enacted that all free Negroes & mulato women and all wives of free Negroes & mulatoes are Declared Tythables & Chargeable for Defraying the Public County & Parish Levys of this province, which Your Petitioners Humbly Conceive is highly Derogatory of the Rights of Freeborn Subjects—Your Petitioners therefore Pray that an Act may pass Exempting Such free negroes & mulatoe women and all wives other than Slaves of free negroes & mulatoes from being Listed as Tythables & from paying any Public County or Parish Levys and Your Petitioners shall ever pray &ca.
John Williams, T. R.
Davie Michell (negro)
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