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E. A. Phelps British Anti-Slavery Society Papers

 Collection — Container: MS ACC 1044-1055
Call Number: MS Acc 1044-1055

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the eleven resolutions written in 1845 in response to the imprisonment of any abolitionist who assisted a runaway slave in the southern United States. Composed by various committees of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, they were meant as encouragement for abolitionists in the United States to continue despite the hardship. The resolutions reject slavery as an institution and refer to both the Declaration of Independence as well as Christian beliefs. Also included is a draft of a letter from Amos Augustus Phelps to Francis Wayland in which Phelps discusses duty and responsibility as it pertains to God, men, and slavery.


  • 1845


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Biographical or Historical Information


1796 - Francis Wayland is born in New York City.

1805 - Amos Augustus Phelps is born in Farmington, Connecticut.

1807 - Britain bans importation of African slaves.

1808 - United States bans importation of African slaves.

1817-1821 - Francis Wayland tutors at Union College.

1821-1826 - Wayland is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Boston.

1823 - British Antislavery Society is established.

1826 - Amos Phelps graduates from Yale.

1827 - Francis Wayland is named President of Brown University.

1830 - Phelps graduates from Yale Divinity School.

1831-1834 - Phelps is pastor of Congregational churches in Boston area and editor of the “Emancipation.”

1833 - Parliament abolishes slavery with the Slavery Abolition Act.

1834 - Anti-slavery societies begin to mail petitions Congress.

1836 - U.S. Congress passes resolution postponing action on all petitions relating to slavery.

1844 - U.S. Congress rescinds the gag rule on antislavery petitions.

1845 - British Antislavery Societies sign and send petitions in support of abolitionists in the United States.

1850 - Fugitive Slave Act passed.


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Language of Materials



Written by the committees of the British and Foreign Anti-slavery Society in 1845, these resolutions protested the imprisonment of anyone who assisted a runaway slave in the southern United States.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the Boston Public Library by E. A. Phelps.

Related Materials

American Anti-Slavery Society Collection, MS 1038

Anti-Slavery League (Great Britain), MS.A1.1

Boston Female Anti-Slavery League, MS.A.9.2 Vol 5

Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society Collection, MS.fA.31

New England Anti-Slavery Society Collection, MS.A.1.2 Vol 4

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