To the House of Representatives:
I have the honor to submit copies of the correspondence + and other documents called for by the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 2d February.
+Relating to an act of the legislature of South Carolina providing for the imprisonment of free Negroes found on board vessels entering any of the ports of that State, complaints of the British Government relative to the operation of said act, etc.
I am not informed of the existence of any official opinion of the late Judge Johnson on the unconstitutionality of the act or acts of the State of South Carolina upon the subject referred to in the resolution.
John Tyler, Special Message Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/201569