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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 The constitution of the Pennsylvania Society for promoting the abolition of slavery, and the relief of free negroes, unlawfully held in bondage. Begun in the year 1774, and enlarged on the twenty-third of April, 1787...

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07485.02 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Pamphlet Date: 1787 Pagination: 1 v. : 15 p. ; 19.8 x 12.8 cm. Order a Copy

(title continues)... To which are added, the acts of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, for the gradual abolition of slavery. Franklin was President of the society, and Benjamin Rush was one of two society secretaries. Includes "An Act to give relief to certain persons taking refuge in the state with respect to their slaves," authorizing those taking refuge in Pennsylvania to keep their slaves.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813

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