Warner Mifflin, feeling "both sorry and ashamed for" his country, asks the legislature to end slavery on Christian and moral grounds. He upholds "the Necessity of your recommending to the convention the inserting a clause in the constitution, declaring that no more slaves shall be born in this State." Mifflin firmly believes that "without some such clause, it is my judgment, that the Constitution will be disgraced as long as it remains, without this it will be repugnant to the pretended spirit of the Revolution, to say nothing about Christianity." Mifflin also asks the body "to devise some more effectual means to prevent the Salutary Laws already made, from being trampled upon and evaded;" in particular he notes that, in some parts of the state, "free Born, and others entitled to their Liberty by Law, have been thus carry'd away."
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