Edenton November 10th 1796.
[Sir.] I am under apprehension our old Enemies (the Quakers) will again meet you at the next Assembly, and will exert every nerve in their power to get the assembly to sanction their Diabolical scheme of amancipation a scheme of theirs greatly injurious to the liberties and Independency of this State. look back as far as the year 1744. when the Legislature of this State Considering Emansipation as a thing very dangerous to the good Citizens of this State, and in order to prevent its progress, and to guard sufficiently against that evil, in that early day, passed an act to prevent negroes being set free, except for meritorious services; so the act of 41 in Iredell's revisal page 95. sec. 56. This act in some measure had the desired effect, for from the passing of that act, for upwards or more than thirty years. very few slaves were set free. we remained quiet on that account, untill it was visable Great Britain was intent on enslaving us, The Quakers (as it was with Saul when he was on his way to persecute the Churches) I Say almost instantaneously as soon as it was obvious that Great Britain was endeavouring to inslave us, a light suddenly shone round about the Quakers, when they discovered it was a crime to hold negroes in slavery, professed with this idea as they pretended in or about the year 1775. 1776. & 1777 when the intention of Great Britain is visable. these good inoffensive people, in order to act their part with Britain, set their Negroes free in great numbers, in order that they might fly to the British standard and take arms against us, The Law of 41. Staring the Quakers full in the face, at the same time; The Legislature of this State, being Justly alarmed at their daring presumption, in the year 1777. passed a second act and thereby vested a power in the freeholders to apprehend emancipated slaves supposing thereby to put an end to that evil, but contrary to the Legislatures expectation that infatuated people in our defiance of the laws of this state, and to the terror of the good people thereof under