Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London
Person:
Galt, John
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662038
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662646
This 
VVRS 
done 
accordingly ; 
after 
debating 
it 
at 
many 
meetings, 
it 
WZIS 
resolved 
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bY 
COH- 
siderable majority THAT IT WAS THE DUTY 01-" 
CHRISTIANS To GIVE FREEDOM To THEIR SLAVES. 
The 
result 
of 
this 
discussion 
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after- 
wards followed 
meeting of the 
by a similar proposal to the head 
Quakers in the township of Go- 
shen 
in 
Chester 
County ; 
and 
the cause of 
manity was again victorious. Finally, about the 
year 17 53, the same question was agitated in the 
annual general assembly at Philadelphia, when it 
was ultimately established as one of the tenets of 
the.-Quakers, 
that no person could remain a mem- 
ber of their community who held a human creature 
in 
slavery. 
This transaction 
is 
perhaps the Flrst 
example in the history of communities, of a great 
public sacrifice of individual interest, not origi- 
nating from considerations of policy or the exi- 
gences of public danger, but purely from moral and 
religious principles. 
The 
benevolent 
work 
of 
restoring 
their 
to the unfortunate Negroes, did not 
natural rights 
rest even 
at 
this 
sacriiice. 
great pecuniary 
The 
Society 
went 
of Friends 
further, 
and 
establishe d
        

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