Nov.3, 1820, Public Acts 45th G.A. [1st sitting], p.203-204
1. BE IT ENACTED by the Council and General Assembly of this state, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That when any slave shall hereafter be convicted of manslaughter, arson, burglary, rape or robbery, or of an assault and bettery, with intent to commit murder, arson, burglary, rape, or robbery, or of a misdemeanor in poisoning, or attempting to poison, and so to endanger the life of any person whatsoever, and shall have judgment of imprisonment for the same, it shall be lawful for the governor of this state, at any time during the said imprisonment, by writing sealed with the great seal, to authorize and empower the owner of such slave to send him or her out of this state, and of the United States; and to direct the officer in whose custody such slave may be, to deliver him or her to such owner, for that purpose, accordingly: Provided, That such owner, before he shall obtain such authority, shall enter into bond to this state, with one or more surety or sureties, to be approved of by the governor, and filed in the secretary's office, in the penal sum of four hundred dollars; conditioned that such slave shall be sent so out of this state and of the United States, within ten days after such delivery by the said officer, and shall bever return to this state without lawful permission: And provided also, that such owner, before the delivery of such slave by such officer, shall pay all the costs of the prosecution, imprisonment and maintenance of such slave, up to the time of such delivery.
2. And be it enacted, That the fifth and sixth sections of the act, entitled "A supplement to the act entitled an act for the punishment of crimes," passed the thirty-first day of March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty, be, and the same are hereby repealed.