Broadside [ca. 1877], To the Tax Payers of| Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Front Page 2009 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
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Printed manuscript, [ca. 1877], broadside addressed To the Tax Payers of Charleston County and signed in print by a group of citizens composed of Rudolph Seigling, chairman, Robert Adger, Francis J. Pelzer, L.D. Mowry, Louis D. DeSaussure, C.R. Miles, W[illia]m K. Ryan, Arthur Barnwell, and F.W. Dawson. | Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
The broadside urges fellow citizens to support the authority of Wade Hampton III as governor by paying taxes called for by Hampton on 1 January 1877: "The ultimate test of the authority of a Government is its ability to collect taxes; the Government to which you pay taxes is the Government which you recognize as legal: the Government to which you refuse to pay taxes is that which you regard as illegal, and usurping." "To comply with this demand," it states, "is not only to recognize, but to support the Government which you have chosen; to withhold the contribution is to repudiate the Government which you have earnestly and solemnly announced your determination to support."
Names of the aforementioned "law abiding citizens of South Carolina," appended in support of Governor Hamptonís call for the payment of taxes, publicly pledge "to pay no taxes whatsoever imposed upon us by the pretended Government of which Mr. Chamberlain is the head, and to support each other in all lawful resistance to their collection."