Founder's Quote: On the Abolition of Slavery

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"All good men wish the entire abolition of slavery, as soon as it can take place with safety to the public, and for the lasting good of the present wretched race of slaves.  The only possible step that could be taken towards it by the convention was to fix a period after which they should not be imported."

-- Oliver Ellsworth (The Landholder, 10 December 1787)

Reference: The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Farrand, ed., vol. 3 (165)