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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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Memorial from Friends Who Manumitted Slaves to the North Carolina General Assembly

(p.128) 7 1779
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

In 1779, the yearly meeting responded to the legislature's libel about the Quakers' motives in freeing their slaves by drafting a petition that explained that they had acted on their convictions that freedom was a natural right that blacks had not forfeited and that slaveholding was unchristian. The fifteen Friends who had freed their slaves in 1777, including Thomas Newby and George Walton, signed on behalf of the meeting. The minutes of the meeting asserted that the ‘Act for “apprehending & Selling Certain Slaves set free contrary to Law, and to distract the publick peace, & for Confirming the Sales of others,” referring to the act to prevent Domestick Insurrections.’

Keywords:   Quakers, Friends, petition, manumitted slaves, North Carolina General Assembly, slaves, Thomas Newby, George Walton, domestic insurrections

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