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“An act declaring that baptisme of slaves doth not exempt them from bondage” (1667)

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Hening's Statutes at Large
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In “An act declaring that baptisme of slaves doth not exempt them from bondage,” passed by the General Assembly in the session of September 1667, Virginia’s colonial government attempted to better define the conditions by which people were enslaved or free.

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Hening's Statutes at Large

WHEREAS some doubts have risen whether children that are slaves by birth, and by the charity and piety of their owners made pertakers of the blessed sacrament of baptisme, should be vertue of their baptisme be made ffree; It is enacted and declared by this grand assembly, and the authority thereof, that the conferring of baptisme doth not alter the condition of the person as to his bondage or ffreedome; that diverse masters, ffreed from this doubt, may more carefully endeavor the propagation of christianity by permitting children, though slaves, or those of greater growth if capable to be admitted to that sacrament.

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September 1667
The General Assembly passes "An act declaring that baptisme of slaves doth not exempt them from bondage" in an attempt to better define the conditions by which people were enslaved or free.
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APA Citation:
General Assembly. “An act declaring that baptisme of slaves doth not exempt them from bondage” (1667). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/an-act-declaring-that-baptisme-of-slaves-doth-not-exempt-them-from-bondage-1667.
MLA Citation:
General Assembly. "“An act declaring that baptisme of slaves doth not exempt them from bondage” (1667)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 30 Jul. 2021
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