Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court And, at Law, in the Court of Errors and Appeals of the State of New Jersey Volume 20

Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court And, at Law, in the Court of Errors and Appeals of the State of New Jersey Volume 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...and passed an act declaring, " That every child born of a slave, after the 4th of July of that year, should be free, but remain the servant of the owner of the mother, his executors, administrators or assigns, until he or she should arrive at a specified age." This act did not interfere with or disturb the relation between the master ar.d slave, except so far as regarded the right of the former to the future offspring of the latter. This law was re-enacted in 18.20, with many additional provisions, not necessary here to notice; for none of them interfered with the owner's right to the person and services of such as were then held as slaves, but left that relation with all its rights and correspondent legal obligations. Under the operation of these last mentioned laws and the benign spirit of the age, which inclined men to manumit their slaves, slavery has become nearly extinct in this state and must soon pass entirely away. By the census of 1810, the number of slaves, then in the state, was 10,851; which, ac Vol. I. 32 The State T. Post. The State V. Vax Becien cording to the last census, was reduced to 674; of whom 325 were under, and 349 over the age of fifty-five years. Those who yet survive and have not been manumitted, remain still the slaves of their masters; but have a legal claim upon the latter for maintenance, in case of their inability to support themselves, unless by the provisions of the new constitution framed and adopted in 1844, slavery is absolutely abolished. If such be the case, it will follow as a legal consequence, that masters too, are absolved from the obligation of maintenance. It will be seen therefore, that the question involved in this case is one of general application to the whole class of persons, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236865766
  • 9781236865762