Letter to John F. Mercer

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dc.contributor.author Washington, George, 1732-1799 en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Mount Vernon, Virginia en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-16T15:47:50Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-16T15:47:50Z
dc.date.created September 9, 1786 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009-02-16T15:47:50Z
dc.identifier.other GL0037_001 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0037_002 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0037_003 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0037_004 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0037 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2374.OX/62433
dc.description Letter to John F. Mercer, dated September 9, 1786. Written at a time when he owned some 277 slaves, Washington expresses his hopes for the gradual abolition of slavery. In the letter, Washington writes that "it is among my first wishes to see some plan adopted by the Legislature by which slavery in this Country may be abolished by slow, sure & imperceptible degrees." Washington did not want to accept slaves as payment for Mercer's debt. This letter not only reveals Washington's principles and distaste for slavery, but also an outlook shared by many of the founders, including many from the upper South. Many of the new nation's leaders desperately wanted to find gradualistic solutions to America's deepest-rooted problem. In his will, Washington provided for the emancipation of his slaves following his wife's death. en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Gilder Lehrman Collection en_US
dc.rights Gilder Lehrman Collection en_US
dc.rights.uri http://www.freedomcenter.org/about-us/contact-us/ en_US
dc.subject Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Correspondence en_US
dc.subject Mercer, John Francis, 1759-1821 en_US
dc.subject Slaves -- United States -- Emanicipation. en_US
dc.title Letter to John F. Mercer en_US
dc.type Autograph letter signed en_US
dc.publisher.digital National Underground Railroad Freedom Center en_US
dc.contributor.repository Gilder Lehrman Collection at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center en_US
dc.repository.place Cincinnati, Ohio en_US
dc.rights.permissions World en_US

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