Lot 180: Georgia Resolution

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-08-21 10:51:40

Lot 180: Rare printed document signed in type,"Thomas Stocks" as President of the Senate, "David Adams" as Speaker of the House, and "G.M. Troup" as Governor of Georgia, one page, 8 x 5, dated December 17, 1823. Resolution reads, in part: "Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia…That the following shall be proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States: That no part of the Constitution of the United States ought to be construed, or shall be construed, to authorize the importation or ingress of any person of color into any one of the United States, contrary to the laws of such State." Reverse is addressed in an unknown hand to "His Excellency The Governor of Mississippi Rocky Springs." Professional repairs to complete vertical separations and scattered toning, otherwise very good condition. In 1822, South Carolina passed 'An Act for the Better Regulation of Free Negroes and Persons of Color' which required any free black sailors entering the state to be 'seized and confined' in jail until the vessel that brought them 'shall clear out and depart from this state.' That act was ruled to be unconstitutional as it violated the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce, which included navigable waters, and violated a treaty with Great Britain ensuring its right to engage in free trade with the United States. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $1500-2000
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