|An Ordinance to Prevent the Selling of Ammunition to
Slaves, Free Negroes and Mulattoes
St. Augustine Florida
|Section 1: Be it and it is hereby ordained by the Mayor and Alderman of the City of St. Augustine
that from and after the passage of this ordinance it shall not be lawful to sell or otherwise dispose of
to any slave, free negro or free mulatto any powder, shot, balls, lead, or any musket, shot gun, or
any other kind of gun; or any gun flints or percussion caps, or any sword, dirk or knife whatsoever.
Section 2: Be it further ordained that if any white person shall be guilty of a violation of any of the
provisions of the first section of this ordinance he or she so offending shall be subject to a fine not
exceeding $5 nor less than $1 to be recovered by an action of debt before the mayor of said City or
any Justice of the Peace residing therein one half to the use of the person or persons who shall sue
for the same together with all costs of the prosecution shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding 5
days at the discretion of said mayor or Justice of the Peace.
Section 3: Be it further ordained that if any slave, free negro or free mulatto shall violate any of the
provisions of the first section of this ordinance he or she so offending shall on conviction be punished
by being whipped not exceeding 39 stripes on his or her bare back and shall moreover be
imprisoned until all the costs of such prosecution be paid.
Atten B Seguin, Clerk
papered the 23 Jan 1837
E. B. Gould, Mayor