Tag Archives: Stay Law

8 December 1861: “Evey Man Woman & Child would sign a petition to that effect. Except the distillers.”

Item description: Letter from George A. McManners to William A. Graham. McManners urged Governor Graham to take up the question of whiskey taxation at the convention to prevent corn speculation and to protect his political standing with the people of … Continue reading

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10 October 1861: “Shylock says there was no necessity for passing this law; that public opinion was a sufficient guaranty to prevent mens property from being sacrificed under the hammer.”

Item description: Editorial, 10 Oct 1861, from the Wilmington Daily Journal commenting on North Carolina’s “Stay Law.” Enacted by many states during the war, stay laws were legislative measures intended to protect private creditors and debtors in a time of … Continue reading

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