An Act to amend and act entitled "an act to prevent free persons of color from entering the State, and for other purposes," passed March 16, 1830, approved March 25, 1831.

Sec. I. That all free negroes, mulattoes, or other persons of color, who have not entered this State in violation of the laws, and who are permanent residents and owners of property therein, or who permanently reside therein and exercise a useful trade, and who have always conducted themselves in an orderly and respectful manner, shall not be subject to the provisions of the seventh section of the act to which this is an amendment; but such persons shall be permitted to depart from the State and to return thereto, as their business may require: Provided however, that this permission shall not extend to such persons above mentioned who shall go or return from the West India Islands.

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