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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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Thomas Nicholson Upbraids an Informer

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The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

Thomas Nicholson wrote a letter in which he harshly rebuked to a man who had informed the state authorities of the identity or location of slaves that Nicholson had privately freed. He asked the person “can law, human law, change the nature of things? Can it change darkness into light, or evil into good?” He asserted that “you justify yourselves under the pretended sanction of a cruel and barbarous human law, which is a violation of the present constitution, and a shame and reproach to our great pretensions to liberty and freedom.”

Keywords:   Thomas Nicholson, letter, human law, constitution, liberty

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