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Nelson, David Petition re: emancipation of two slaves

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07679 Author/Creator: Nelson, David Place Written: Washington County Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1825/10 ca. Pagination: 2 p. 30.9 x 19.2 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07679 Author/Creator: Nelson, David Place Written: Washington County Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1825/10 ca. Pagination: 2 p. 30.9 x 19.2 cm

Summary of Content: Petition of an early abolitionist and founder of the Underground Railroad desiring to free his slaves: "That slavery has been transmitted to us by our ancestors does not excuse us in any degree unless long continuence in crime will at length convert it into virtue."

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Underground RailroadAbolitionReform MovementSlaveryEmancipationAfrican American HistoryPetition

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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