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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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A Bill to Thwart Quaker Manumissions

(p.137) 11 1797
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

In January 1797, Thomas Jordan, clerk of the Standing Committee of the Eastern Quarter of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting, sent a printed copy of a bill that had been proposed in the North Carolina General Assembly to John Elliott of the Philadelphia Society of Friends. Jordan wanted to show the Pennsylvania Friends “the disposition of some of our Legislators.” Even though it never became law, the bill is of historical interest because the behaviors the bill's author intended to regulate suggest steps North Carolina Friends were taking to avoid the re-enslavement of blacks they had freed.

Keywords:   Thomas Jordan, Standing Committee, Eastern Quarter, North Carolina General Assembly, John Elliott, Philadelphia Society of Friends, blacks, re-enslavement

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