Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Rhode-
We, the colored citizens of Providence in said State, respectfully ask
your honorable body to PROTEST, in the name of the State, against a law passed at the late
An Act authorizing the Manumission of Ne-
groes, Mallattoes, & others, and for the gradual Abo-
lition of Slavery.
Whereas all Men are entitled to Life, Liberty
and the Pursuit of Happiness, yet the holding Man-
kind in a State of Slavery, as…