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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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George Walton's Journal from 2d, 6th Month, 1775, to 12th, 10th Month, 1777

(p.49) 3 1775–1777
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

George Walton played a leading role not only in the movement to persuade Friends to free their slaves but also in the confrontation with North Carolina's government that the manumissions precipitated. When he was appointed captain of one of the company of patrollers, George Walton refused to serve and counseled fellow Quakers to follow his example. The 1776 Yearly Meeting appointed a committee of eleven to help any Friends who wanted to free their slaves. Walton and other members of the committee visited fellow Quakers, encouraging them and helping them to free their slaves. In 1777, the Perquimans Monthly Meeting recommended Walton to the Quarterly Meeting of Ministers and Elders as “a minister with whom we have Unity.” By 1778, Walton had risen so high in the esteem of his co-religionists that they appointed him to the Standing Committee of the Eastern Quarter.

Keywords:   George Walton, North Carolina, manumissions, Quakers, Perquimans Monthly Meeting, Standing Committee

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