--Several negroes, both male and female, were yesterday arraigned before the Mayor
for meeting in unlawful numbers in this city on Monday night.--These assemblies having become so frequent of late, His Honor took occasion to lay down the law with regard to them for the future, and intimated that they should be no longer permitted.
It had been the practice of certain Justices to grant permission to negroes to hold religious meetings, at which a great many other things besides praying
were indulged in. It should be understood that the only official authorized by the ordinance to give a license to more than five negroes to meet together at any one time were the Mayor
, if in the city, and, in his absence, the Recorder
, if both the Mayor
should be absent, then the Senior Alderman
For his part, the Mayor
said, he wished the police to understand that, having seen so much evil resulting from these gatherings, he should in future refuse permission for another one, and if they should find any of them going on with an order purporting to come from him they were to disregard it, as an evidence of insanity on his part in thus sanctioning such a proceeding.
His Honor referred to the great difficulty experienced by white persons to obtain backs, while you might go out on the street any evening and find numbers of them, filled with negroes, driving, at a rapid rate.
So we are to have no more private negro entertainments here, and may look for a more orderly state of affairs hereafter, as well as a large diminution of petty thefts and other rascalities which have resulted from allowing negroes such wide privileges as they have heretofore enjoyed.