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The Having of Negroes Is Become a BurdenThe Quaker Struggle to Free Slaves in Revolutionary North Carolina$
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Michael Crawford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034706

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034706.001.0001

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Friends' Reasons for Releasing Their Negroes from a State of Slavery

(p.120) 4 1777
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

The Standing Committee of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting believed it was important to promulgate the true motives behind the manumissions. In their October 1777 assembly, the yearly meeting formally placed the statement adopted by the Standing Committee on the record. The statement asserted that “freedom is the Natural right of all Mankind, and that no Law Moral or Divine has given us a Right to or property in the persons of any of our fellow Creatures any longer than in a State of Minority…”

Keywords:   Standing Committee, North Carolina Yearly Meeting, manumission, mankind, Negroes

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