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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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The Superior Court Annuls Re-Enslavements

(p.122) 5 1778
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

The superior court of the district of Edenton, in November 1778, heard on appeal the case of the blacks manumitted by North Carolina Quakers and reversed the order of the Pasquotank and Perquimans county courts that the blacks be sold and re-enslaved. It orders to “remove all the orders and proceedings of the court of the said county relating to the sale and enslaving.” The verdict expressed county court's decision a “violation of the constitution of this state, and contrary to natural justice, and that there are manifest errors and irregularities in the said proceedings.”

Keywords:   superior court, North Carolina Quakers, Pasquotank, Perquimans, county courts, blacks, re-enslavement

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