The Friends appointed last Mo. to prepare an Address to Government on the Subject of Slavery, having prepared an Essay, which on being read & considered is with some Variation agreed to, directed to be transcribed, signed by the Clerk & committed to the Care of the same Friends to present the same to the Assembly at such time, and in such Manner, as shall appear to them most likely to promote the Design thereof -- the Address being as follows
To the general Assembly of Pennsylvania.
The Address and Petition of the religious Society called Quakers
Respectfully showeth, That,
Incited by an Apprehension of real Duty, and encouraged by the laudable Essay which has been made by the Legislature of this State for the promotion of personal Freedom, we undertake the Liberty of addressing you on this very interesting and important Subject.
The natural Rights & civil Liberties of Men have been so fully investigated & declared, and at this time are so generally acknowledged to be unalienable, we conceive it unnecessary to attempt to illustrate the Blessing of the Enjoyment thereof, Or