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An Act to punish offences against slave property

 

An act to punish offences against Slave property.  Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislature Assembly of the Territory of Kansas:

 

Section 1:  Every person bond or free who shall be connected of actually raising a rebellion or insurrection of slaves free Negroes or mulattos in this Territory shall suffer death.  Section 2:  Every free person who shall aid or assist in any rebellion or insurrection of Slaves, free Negroes or mulattos or shall furnish arms or do any overt act in furtherance of such rebellions or insurrections shall suffer death.  Section 3:  If any free person shall by speaking, writing or printing advise, persuade or induce any slaves to rebel, conspire against or murder any citizens of this Territory, or shall bring into printed, written, published or circulated, or shall knowingly aid or assist in the bringing into printing, publishing, writing or circulating in this Territory any book, paper, magazine, pamphlet or circulation for the purpose of exciting insurrection, rebellion, revolt, or conspiracy on the part of slaves, free Negroes or mulattoes against the citizens of the Territory or any part of them, such person shall be guilty of felony and suffer death.  Section 4:  If any person shall entice, decoy, or carry away out of this Territory, any slave belonging to another with intent to deprive the owner thereof of the services of such slave, or with intent to effect procure the freedom of such slave, he shall be adjudged guilty of Grand Larceny and on conviction thereof shall suffer death or be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten years.  Section 5:  If any person shall aid or assist in enticing, decoying or persuading or carrying away or sending out of this Territory, any slave belonging to another, with intent to procure or effect the freedom of such slave, or with intent to deprive the owner thereof of the services of each slave, he shall be adjudged guilty of Grand Larceny, and on conviction thereof shall suffer death or be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten years.  Section 6:  If any person shall entice, decoy, or carry away out of any State or other Territory of the United States, any slave belonging to another, with intent to procure on effect the freedom of such slave, or to deprive the owner thereof of the services of such slave and shall bring such slave into this Territory, he shall be adjudged guilty of Grand Larceny may be charged to have been committed in any county of this Territory, into or through which such slave shall have been brought by such person on conviction thereof the person offending shall suffer death or be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten years.  Section 7:  If any person shall entice, persuade or induce any slave to escape from the services of his master or owner in this Territory or shall aid or assist any slave in escaping from the service of his master or shall aid, assist, harbor, or conceal any slave who may have escaped from the service of his master or owner, shall be deemed guilty of felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment at hard labor for a term of not less than five years.  If any person in this Territory shall aid or assist, harbor or conceal any slave who has escaped from the service of his master or owner in another State or Territory, such person shall be deemed guilty of felony and

 

 

 

 

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punished by imprisonment at hard labor for a term of not less than five years.  Section 8:   If any person in this Territory shall aid or assist, harbor, or conceal any slave who has escaped from the service of his master or owner in another State or Territory, such person shall be punished in like manner as if such slave had escaped from the service of his master or owner in this Territory.  Section 9:  If any person shall assist resist any officer while attempting to arrest any slave that may have escaped from the service of his master or owner or shall rescue such slave when in custody of any officer or other person or shall entice, persuade, aid or assist such slave from the custody of any officer or other person who may have such in custody whether such slave have escaped from the service of his master or owner in this Territory or in any other State or Territory, the person so offending shall be guilty of felony and punishment by imprisonment at hard labor for a time not less than two years.  Section 10:  If any Marshall, sheriff or constable or the deputy of any such officer shall when required by any person refuse to aid or assist in the arrest or capture of any slave that may have escaped from the service of his master or owner, whether such slave shall have escaped from his master or owner in this Territory or in any state or Territory.  Such officer shall be paid in dollars.  Section 11:  If any person print, write, or introduces into published, or circulate, or [XXXXX]  to be brought into printed, written, published or circulated, or shall knowingly aid or assist in bringing into printing, publishing or circulating within this Territory, any book, paper, pamphlet, magazine, hand bill or circular containing any statements, arguments, opinions, sentiments, doctrine, advice or innuendo calculated to produce a disorderly, dangerous or rebellious disaffection among the slaves in this Territory or to induce such slaves to escape from the service of their master or to resist their authority, he shall be guilty of felony and be punished by imprisonment at hard labor for a time not less than five years.  Section 12:  If any free person by speaking or by writing assist or maintain that persons have not the right to hold slavery in this Territory, or shall introduce into this Territory, print, publish, write, circulate or cause to be introduced into this Territory, written, printed, published or circulated in this Territory, any book, paper, magazine, pamphlet, or circular containing any denial if the right of persons to hold slaves in this Territory, such person shall be deemed guilty of felony and punished by imprisonment at hard labor for a term not less than two years.  Section 13:  No person who is conscientiously opposed to holding slaves or who does not admit the right to hold slaves in this Territory shall sit as a juror on the trial of any prosecution for any violation of any of the sections of this act.  This act is to take effect and be in force from and after the fifteenth day September A.D. 1855.

 

John H. Stringfellow

Speaker of the House of Representatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

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H. L. Johnson

President of the Council

Approved August 29, 1855.

Dan Woodson

Acting Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originated in the House of Representatives

Larrus M. Lyle

Clerk of the House of Representatives

 

 

 

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