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MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH CONVENTION OF DELEGATES FROM THE ABOLITION SOCIETIES ESTABLISHED IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES, ASSEMBLED AT PHILADELPHIA...[1797]

      Philadelphia:: Zachariah Poulson, Junior,. 1797. 59, [1 blank] pp. Stitched, contemporary plain wrappers [front wrap detached, chipped]. Browning to most of the first 27pages. Good+. "The American Convention for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery was the first nationally based anti-slavery organization." Weinstein, Against the Tide 26. This document lists the delegates by State [including William Rawle and Benjamin Rush] and the proceedings of the Convention. The delegates elected Joseph Bloomfield as President, and reviewed their success in lobbying Congress to enact a statute prohibiting U.S. participation in the international slave trade. & The Convention condemns efforts by Americans to supply foreign countries with slaves, and seeks total abolition of the trade. The 'Address to the Free Africans and other Free People of Color in the United States' is printed. It urges them to "avoid gaming in all its varied forms," and to attend the "schools and places of worship" that the Convention has established for them. Correspondence with the French, who had recently freed slaves in the French West Indies, is also printed. The Committee condemns efforts to bring these freedmen to the United States for re-enslavement. A detailed Appendix extracts reports from the Abolition Societies of each State "respecting education" for "African descendants;" prints a complete Table of the Society's recommendations; and abstracts the existing laws respecting slavery in the various States. & FIRST EDITION. Evans 31686. Howes M652. LCP 495.

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