Texas Penal Code 1858Title 19 Chapter 8


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    “An Act supplementary to and amendatory of an act entitled an act to adopt and establish a Penal Code for the State of Texas, approved 28th August, 1856” (February 12, 1858), Title 19, Chapter 8 (Cruel treatment of Slaves). pp=”177″ href=”https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6730/m1/1053/?q=white%20color%20negro”Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 4[1]


    Cruel treatment of Slaves

    Article 670 shall hereafter read as follows:

    If any person shall unreasonably abuse or cruelly treat a slave, whether his own property or the property of another, he shall be fined not less than one hundred nor more than two thousand dollars.

    Article 672 shall hereafter read as follows:

    It is cruel treatment of a slave to inflict an unusual degree of punishment without just provocation, or to torture or cause unusual pain and suffering to a slave by the use of any means, or to subject such slave to punishment so severe as to become injurious to his health, or calculated greatly to depreciate his value, or for the person having the charge of any slave to fail to supply him with comfortable clothing, or a sufficient quantity of wholesome food.

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