Petition #11379501


In January 1795, delegates from several societies promoting the abolition of slavery convened in Philadelphia. Arguing that "nothing can be effectual while the number of Slaves may be daily increased by importation, and while the minds of our Citizens are debased, and their hearts hardened, by contemplating these people only through the medium of avarice or prejudice (a necessary consequence of the traffic in Man)," the delegates seek a "total prohibition of all traffic in Slaves, between your State and every other Nation or State, either by importation or exportation."

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Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina