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Jonathan Edwards Sr. Letter on Slavery

c. 1741 Colonial & Early National (1746-1820)

Draft letter on slavery written by Princeton president Jonathan Edwards Sr., in which he defends the practice of owning slaves.

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Letter on slavery written by Princeton president Jonathan Edwards Sr., in which he defends the practice of owning slaves.

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Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

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Draft Letter on Slavery If they ben't partakers of the slaves, they are of their slavery, wherein the injustice, if there be any, consists. Their slavery mainly consists in that slavish cruel labor they are put to. They are partakers of that which is undoubtedly cruel. They are partakers of
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