Alexander Hamilton Papers

Memorial to Abolish the Slave Trade, 13 March 1786

Memorial to Abolish the Slave Trade1

New York, March 13, 1786. On this date, H and other memorialists signed a petition to the New York legislature urging the end of the slave trade, “a commerce so repugnant to humanity, and so inconsistent with the liberality and justice which should distinguish a free and enlightened people.”

New-York Packet, March 13, 1786.

1For information on H’s membership in the Manumission Society, see “Attendance at a Meeting of the Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves,” February 4, 1785.

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