August 17, 1864
The Charleston Mercury
OFFICE CLERK OF COUNCIL, April 29, 1864.
THE ATTENTION OF FREE NEGROES, OR FREE PERSONS OF
COLOR, is hereby directed to the 4th Section of 'An Ordinance
to raise supplies for the year one thousand eight hundred and
sixty four, and for other purposes:'
SEC. 4. Free negroes, or free persons of color, shall be
and are hereby made liable to the following taxes, viz: males,
from the ages of twenty one to sixty years, carrying on any
trade, art, business, occupation, or employment, or being a
mechanic within the city, or residing without the city,
exercising his trade, art, business, occupation, or employment,
therein, each a tax of ten dollars; from the age of sixteen to
twenty-one years, each a tax of five dollars; and females from
fourteen to eighteen years, each a tax of three dollars; and
from eighteen to fifty, each a tax of five dollars, except such
negroes, or free persons of color, as shall be clarly proved to
the Mayor or Registrar to be incapable, from maims or
otherwise, providing his, her, or their livelihood. The
foregoing taxes on free negroes, or free persons of color,
shall be paid during the month of June, in the present year, to
the City Treasurer.
Those having Certificates of Physicians certifying them to
be incapable, from maims or otherwise, of providing his, her,
or their livelihood, are hereby notified to present the same to
Dr. GEO. S. PELZER, City Registrar, at residence, No. 4
Vanderhorst street, or at his office, at Orphan House, between
the hours of 12 m. and 2 for approval.
By order, W. H. SMITH, Clerk of Council.