State Law, Early In The War, To Control Slaves

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Section I. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Mississippi, That if any white person shall advise or conspire with any slave or slaves to rebel or make insurrection against the white inhabitants of this State, or shall in anywise aid, assist or abet any slave or slaves making rebellion or insurrection, or shall advise or assist any slave or slaves in the murder of any person whatsoever, or in the commission or the attempt to commit any felony, or shall consult, advise or conspire with any other white person, free negro, or any slave or slaves, to induce, entice or excite any slave or slaves to rebel or make insurrection, or commit other felony, or shall tamper with any slave or slaves to induce them to run away from their master or lawful employer, or to commit any crime, or shall teach or attempt to teach any slave or slaves any seditious, revolutionary or rebellious sentiments, every such white person so offending shall, on conviction, be deemed guilty of felony, and shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary not less than ten years, and for such longer period as the court trying the offence may direct.

Section II. Be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect and be in force in thirty days from and after its passage.

Mississippi Laws, July, 1861, 66-67.