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Sale of free Negroes in South Carolina.

--The Charleston Mercury publishes a bill which is to be brought before the Legislature of South Carolina, proclaiming all free negroes to be slaves on and after the 1st of January, to be sold at public auction, and the proceeds to be applied to the tax funds of the various counties. The Mercury, however, accompanies its publication with the following remarks:

‘ We regard it as a measure harsh in its policy and wholly unrequired by the public exigencies, while it is mischievous in its effects, and remarkably ill-timed in its promulgation.-- The Legislature has something else to do besides the discussion of such topics as this, and we sincerely trust that, upon reflection, it will by tacit consent be consigned to the tomb of the Capulets. The measure must fall stillborn upon that body.

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