The legislature of South Carolina retained a great deal of authority over many aspects of everyday life. Roads could not be built, ferries across rivers could not be established, slaves could not be freed without the consent of the legislature. Lenora G. Montgomery petitioned the legislature in December of 1815 for permission to free two slave women and their children, whom she names, because it was "the dying wish" of her husband. The legislature refused her petition.
Courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.