Letter from Nathaniel Appleton to Jeremy Belknap, 26 February 1795
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Nathaniel Appleton replies to St. George Tucker's queries, circulated by Jeremy Belknap, about slavery and abolition in Massachusetts, indicating that he does not envy the southern states that still allow slavery. Appleton (1731-1798) was a Boston merchant whose pamphlet Considerations on Slavery (Boston, 1767) argued that the "vile" slave trade was "contrary to humanity, christianity, and the interest of the province, and of private families ..."