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Context of Friends, brethren, and countrymen, If the memory of your ancestors, your own honour, and that of your posterity, possess as I trust they do, a just affection in your bosoms, let me implore you by all those sacred regards, solemnly to reflect on the importance of the part each of you are to act to-morrow. Consider, O! consider the irrevocable disgrace, the lasting infamy that must stain the reputation of Pennsylvania to the latest ages, should her generous free-born sons call into her Assembly, the author of Americanus, the most daring, the most detestable advocate for American slavery, that this populous continent, amongst all its children, ever produced. ..
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