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Massachusetts. General Court--Petition of James P. Boyce and 242 Other Legal Voters of Lynn, And Many Other Petitions Similar in Tenor (1840)

Massachusetts. General Court--Petition of James P. Boyce and 242 Other Legal Voters of Lynn, And Many Other Petitions Similar in Tenor (1840)

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HOUSE....No.
46.
CommcmumiW)
of
J^araactmsett^
In
the
House
of
Representatives,
March
6th,
1840.
The
Joint
Special
Committee
to
whom
were
referred
the
peti-
tion
of
James
P.
Boyce
and
242
other
legal
voters
of
Lynn,
and
many
other
petitions
similar
in
tenor
or
import,
signed
in
all
by
3,674
males,
and
5,032
females,
praying
thatso
much
of
the
fifth
section
of
the
seventy-fifth
chapter,
and
first
sec-
tion
ofthe
seventy-sixth
chapter
of
the
Revised
Statutes,as
relates
specially
to
intermarriage
between
white
persons
and
negroes,
mulattoes,
or
Indians,
be
erasedtherefrom,
as
being
contrary
to
the
principles
of
Christianity
and
republi-
canism,
have
considered
the
subject
so
committed
to
them,
and
ask
leave
to
REPORT.
The
Statute
provisions
specified
in
most
of
the
above
des-
cribed
petitions,
are
as
follows
:
"
No
white
person
shall
intermarry
with
a
negro,
Indian,
or
mulatto."
Revised
Statutes,
ch.75,
sect.
5.
"
And
all
marriages
between
a
white
person
and
a
negro,
In-
dian,
or
mulatto,
shall,
if
solemnized
within
this
State,
be
ab-
solutely
void,
without
any
decree
of
divorce,
or
other
legal
process."
Revised
Statutes,
ch.
76,
sect.
1.
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