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

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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1798

1798

The Society of Friends Reacts to the House's Rejection of Its Memorial

Chapter:
(p.182) 5 1798
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The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden
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Michael J. Crawford

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034706.003.0029

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The chapter presents the minutes of the Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting for Sufferings held on 16 February 1798. The minutes said that the memorial “issued in a Conclusion of the United States Representatives, that a Remedy for the Grievance complained of is not within their Department.” It concludes “what further may be expedient to do, under the religious pressure of this affecting Case, it is desired may be kept under continued weighty Attention.”

Keywords:   Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting for Sufferings, United States Representatives, religious pressure, Society of Friends

Source: Minutes for 16 February 1798, Records of the Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting for Sufferings, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

The minutes of the Meeting for Sufferings for 16 February 1798 report the fate of the memorial in the halls of Congress with these words:

It appears by Account now given that the Concern of our Yearly Meeting respecting the Oppression of the freed black People in No. Carolina as set forth in the Memorial to Congress, has been carefully attended to; and issued in a Conclusion of the united States Representatives, that a Remedy for the Grievance complained of is not within their Department; but belongs to the judicial Branch of the State Government wherein the Evil prevails—What further may be expedient to do, under the religious pressure of this affecting Case, it is desired may be kept under continued weighty Attention.