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An Act relating to Crimes and Misdemeanors committed by Slaves, Free Negroes, and Mulattoes, in Compilation of the Public Acts of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida, Passed Prior to 1840, at 227 (John P. Duval ed., 1839).

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Sec. 55. Be it further enacted, that if any slave shall wilfully and maliciously shoot at any free white person with a gun or other instrument, with intent to kill such person, or if any slave shall wilfully and maliciously wound any free white person in attempting or endevouring to kill another peroson, the slave so offending, his or her aider and abetter being a slave, shall be deemed guilty of felony, and shall therefore suffer death.