Author: Robert Pleasants


Letter from Robert Pleasants to James Madison (June 6, 1791)

In this letter, dated June 6, 1791, Robert Pleasants asks James Madison, then serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, to share a petition against the international slave trade from the Virginia Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, which Pleasants founded. He also asks for Madison’s opinion on submitting a petition to the General Assembly for a law to emancipate children born into slavery after the law’s passage.




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