An Act concerning the Abolition of Slavery

Feb.22,1811, Acts 35th G.A. 2nd sitting, p.313-314.

WHEREAS it appears that large sums of money have been drawn from the treasury by citizens of this state for maintaining abandoned black children, and that in some instances the money drawn for their maintenance amounts to more than they would have brought if sold for life---Therefore---

Sec. 1. BE IT ENACTED, by the council and general assembly of this state, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from after the first Monday of May next, no monies shall be drawn from the treasury of this state for the maintenance and support of abandoned black children, who have been abandoned agreeably to the provisions of an act entitled "An act for the gradual abolition of slavery" passed the fifteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four, and law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding: Provided, That nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent the treasurer from the payment of such sums as may be lawfully due for the said maintenance and support until the said first Monday of May next.

2. And be it enacted, That so much of the above recited act as comes within the purview of this act be and the same is hereby repealed.

A. Passed at Trenton, Feb.22, 1811.