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. Negro slavery in the northern colonies. the session of thisAssembly, held in June, A. D. 1790. Whereas some doubts have arisen, whether the powers given inthe said charter are sufficient for the purpose of bringing actionsupon the statutes of this state relating to slavery, or the slavetrade; therefore, - Be it enacted by this General Assembly, and by the authoritythereof it is enacted , that the said society, in their corporatecapacity, be, and they are, hereby authorized and empowered, to bringforward, in the name of their treasurer for the time being, any suit,action, plaint, or informati

. Negro slavery in the northern colonies. the session of thisAssembly, held in June, A. D. 1790. Whereas some doubts have arisen, whether the powers given inthe said charter are sufficient for the purpose of bringing actionsupon the statutes of this state relating to slavery, or the slavetrade; therefore, - Be it enacted by this General Assembly, and by the authoritythereof it is enacted , that the said society, in their corporatecapacity, be, and they are, hereby authorized and empowered, to bringforward, in the name of their treasurer for the time being, any suit,action, plaint, or informati Stock Photo
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. Negro slavery in the northern colonies. the session of thisAssembly, held in June, A. D. 1790. Whereas some doubts have arisen, whether the powers given inthe said charter are sufficient for the purpose of bringing actionsupon the statutes of this state relating to slavery, or the slavetrade; therefore, - Be it enacted by this General Assembly, and by the authoritythereof it is enacted , that the said society, in their corporatecapacity, be, and they are, hereby authorized and empowered, to bringforward, in the name of their treasurer for the time being, any suit,action, plaint, or information, before any justice, judge, or courtswithin this state, upon any law or penal statute relative to thesubject of slavery, or the slave trade; and in every respect asfully authorized to carry into execution any or all such laws asany individual complainant or private person could or might do, toall intents and purposes whatsoever: Any law, custom, or usage tothe contrary in any wise notwithstanding. Itfiode Island Col. Rec. X, 382>.. Reference to Dr. Boutons opinion on the status of negroes in New Hampshire-, given in his 9th volume of State Papers: ?It may be _a guest ion whether the first and second, articles inthe bill of rights were originally design.id to abolish slavery, and were voted, on and adopted by the people generally with that understanding; rut that this was the effect of their adoption en not be doubted, from the fact that in 1775 there were 657 slaves re- turned as living in the state, and by the census of 1790, only sixyears after the adoption of the state constitution, the number ofslaves wa- returned a;; 158; while by the census of 1800 only 8 werereturned, and by that of 1810, none. He refers to the additionalfacts, as still higher proflf that the bill of rights abolished sla-very , thi t previous to and. up to the adoption of the constitutionslaves had been for many years rated and taxed to their ownersas horses, oxen and other kinds o^ property were t

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