Pierre, a man of color v. Gabrial Chouteau
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Second session First Parliament

C. 7. Thirty third year of GeorgeGeorge III. 1793.

Chapter VII.

An act to prevent the further Introduction of slaves, and to limit the term
of contracts for servitude within this province (passed July 9. 1793.)
Preamble Whereas. it is unjust that a people who enjoy freedom by
Law should encourage the introduction of salves, and whereas it is
highly expedient to abolish slavery in this province, so far as the
same may gradually be done without violating private property: be it
enacted by the Kings most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice
and consent of the legislative council and assembly of the province
of Upper CanadaCanada constituted and assembled by virture of and
under the authority of an act passed in the parliament of great
BritainBritain entitled "An act to repeal certain parts of an act passed
in the fourteenth year of his Majesty's Reign, entitled An act
for making more effectual provision for the government of the
province of QuebecQuebec, in North AmericaAmerica and to make further
provision for the government of the said province," and by the
authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this act
so much of a certain act of the parliament of Great BritainBritain , pass
Rocital of Act 30th
Geo. III. ed in the thirtieth year of his present Majesty, entitled, "An act for
encouraging new settlers in his Majesty's colonies and plantations in
AmericaAmerica," as may enable the governor or lieutenant governor of
this province heretofore parcel of his Majesty's province of QuebecQuebec to
grant a license for importing into the same any negro or negroes, shall
be, and the same is hereby repealed, and that from and after the
passing of this act, it shall not be lawful for the governor, lieutenant
The same in part
repealed governor or person administering the government of this province
to grant a license for the importation of any negro or other
person to be subjected to the condition of a slave or to abound
en involuntary service for life, into any part of this province;
nor shall any negro, or other person who shall come or be
brought into this province after the passing of this act, be
subject to the condition of a slave or to such service as
Provisions aginst the further introduction of slaves aforesaid within this province, nor shall any volunta
ry contract of Service or indentures that may be
entered

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entered into by any parties within this province
after the passing of this act, be binding on
them or either of them for a longer time Term of servitude
by contract limited
than a term of nine years from the day of
the date of such contract.

II. Provided always that nothing herein
Contained shall extend or be construed to
The owners of slaves
at present within
the province confirmed
in their property therein
extend to liberate any negro, or other person
subjected to such service as aforesaid or to
discharge them or any of them from the poss
ession of the owner thereof, his or her executers ad
ministrators or assigns, who shall have come or been
brought into this province, in conformity to the con
ditions prescribed by any authority for that purpose
exercised or by any ordinance or law of the province of
QuebecQuebec or by proclamation of any of his Majesty's go
vernors of the said province for the time being or of any
act of the parliamant of Great BritainBritain or shall have
Nothing herein to
extend to contacts for
service already made,
nor to parents or guar
dians otherwise come into the possession of any person by gift bequest
or Bona fida punchase before the passing of this act, whose
property therein is hereby confirmed, or to vacate or annul
any contract for service that may, heretofore have been
lawfully made and entered into, or to prevant parents or
guardians from binding our children, until they shall have
obtained the age of Twenty one years.

III. And in order to prevent the continuation of slavery
within this province, be it enacted by the authority afore
said. That immediately from and after the passing of this
The children that
shall be born of
female slaves to
remain in the service
of the owner of their
mother until the age
of 25 years when they
shall be discharged.
act, every child that shall be born of a negro mother or oth
er woman subjected to such service as aforesaid shall
abide and remain with the master or mistress in whose
service the mother shall be living at the time of
such child's birth (unless such mother and child shall
leave such service by and with the consent of such
master or mistress) and such master or mistress shall

and