Grand Jury for the county of Clarke (GA), at the close of their
services, during the present term, feel gratified in having
observed, as they believe, a gradual improvement in the morals
of the county, in some particulars. They consider it a source
of real satisfaction to every virtuous mind, to remark that
the impious and degrading vices of profane swearing and drunkenness
appear to be of less practice than formerly. But they are sorry
to be obliged to believe that there is another crime which is
increasing in frequency and prevalence, viz: the profamation
of the Sabbath or Lord’s Day by the secretly or privately
retailing and selling liquors and other merchandize to slaves
on that day, directly in violation of the law, both of God and
the State. This the jury believes principally because of negligence
on the part of those officers whose duty it is to see that the
Patrol Law be strictly enforced especially in the towns and
villages and country stores in the county.
The Jury, therefore, present as a grievance, the neglected persecution
of the Patrol Laws; and recommend to the proper authorities
to do their duty and see that the statutes on this subject be
particularly attended to in order to prevent evils from occurring
arisimg out of inattention to duty, which are to be greatly
We present also as a grievance, the bad condition of our public
roads, as we believe that the laws on this subject are explicit
and sufficient if they are enforced and executed. We do therefore
recommend to the Inferior Court to do their duty and to fine
the Commissioner of Roads, if they neglect theirs, in order
that our roads may be immediately repaired and put into such
a condition as the law on that subject requires.
And although swearing and drunkenness are not so prevelant among
us as formerly, yet the Jury, believing that the abolition of
these vices, throughout the State would greatly conduce to the
true honor and moral interest of the community, present as a
grievance that there is no law in this State at the present
for the punishment of these cases; and do earnestly recommend
to our Senator and Representatives in the next Legislature,
to exert themselves in order to obtain an amendment of the existing
laws on those subjects.
We return our thanks to his Honor the Judge, and also to the
Solicitor, for their faithful attention to the business of the
present Term. And we recommend that the preceding remarks and
presentment be published in the Athenian
MOSES WADDEL, Foreman, MILNER ECHOLS, JAMES LANGFORD, W. M.
DAVENPORT, WHITE ROSSETER, ADRIAN N. MAYER, ELIZAR L. NEWTON,
WILLIAM EPPS, JOHN W. HARPER, T. HANCOCK, WM. WILKINS, JNO.
PURYEAR, THOS.ECHOLS, D. KINNEY, W. H. JACKSON, H. ELDER, H.
THURMOND, J. GERDINE.
On motion of Green W. Smith, Solicitor General, it is ordered,
that the presentments be published as requested.
The foregoing presentments are truly copied from the Minutes
of the Superior Court of Clark county this 22nd February, 1827.
ROBERT LIGON, Clerk