Considering it the duty of government to permit the education of every class of citizen, the Quakers petition the "General Assembly to repeal all those laws, enacted by preceding Legislatures of this State, against the literary instruction of Slaves, making it a finable offence for any to be found teaching them to read." They also request the repeal of a recently enacted law that prohibits "all coloured persons in this State, bond or free, upon the penalty of corporal punishment, from public preaching, exhorting, &c. in their Respective Congregations of Societies." The Quakers purport that if said laws are not repealed "the difficulties and danger they were intended to prevent" will increase.
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