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Letter from Benjamin Franklin to Vice President John Adams
1790
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With this letter, Benjamin Franklin, a Quaker and President of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery, uses his political connections to further the anti-slavery cause. The letter urges Vice President John Adams to give favorable consideration to a petition from members of the society and a call from the Quakers to end the slave trade.

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Philadelphia February 9th, 1790

Sir,

At the Request of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery,
I have the Honour of presenting to your Excellency the enclosed Petition
which I beg leave to recommend to your favourable Notice. Some further
particulars respecting it, requested by the Society will appear in their
letter to me, of which I enclose a Copy, and have the Honor to be

Sir, Your Excellency's
most obedient
& most humble Servant
B Franklin
Presid[ent] of the Society

His Excell[enc]y John Adams Esq
Vice President of the United States

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