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Letter from Anthony Burns to the Baptist Church

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After the trial in which he was found a fugitive slave, his return to slavery, and the subsequent purchase of his freedom, Anthony Burns requested from his church in Virginia to be formally dismissed from the church and a recommendation to help him join a new congregation. The church responded by sending him a copy of the Front Royal Gazette, which contained was a notice stating that Burns had been excommunicated. An angry Burns answered with this fervent reply. . .

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