16 pp., 6 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. Disbound (chipping at edges, spotting/discoloration throughout, last 6 pages fully separated).
Issue features reportage on laws in Ohio regarding "free persons of color," who were required to "bring with them authentic record evidence of their freedom, and to exhibit it to the clerk of the county court..." The article states that one of the motives of said law was to prevent escaped enslaved persons from seeking shelter in the state. The law also required penalization of citizens harboring or employing people of color who did not comply with the first part of the law. Another provision being considered was to impose a 500 bond on free persons of color wishing to reside in the state "to indemnify the township against any expense that might be incurred in consequence of their own inability to support themselves."
The article continues: "The people of Ohio had excluded slavery, with its advantages, if it had any, and it was natural for them to desire, as far as was practicable, to escape its evils. Knowing the general character of free people of color, they were desirous of having as few of them as possible, and of having some indemnity against the charge and expense of supporting such as might settle in the state."
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