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"Queries Respecting the Slavery and Emancipation of Negroes in Massachusetts, Proposed by the Hon. Judge Tucker of Virginia, and Answered by the Rev. Dr. Belknap"

Queries Respecting the Slavery and Emancipation of Negroes in Massachusetts, Proposed by the Hon. Judge Tucker of Virginia, and Answered by the Rev. Dr. Belknap

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    In January 1795, Virginia judge St. George Tucker wrote to Boston clergyman and scholar Jeremy Belknap, asking him to circulate a list of queries about the history and abolition of slavery in Massachusetts.  Belknap eventually distributed copies of these queries to some forty "gentlemen as it was supposed would assist in answering them."  Belknap collected and compiled the responses he received from these men and forwarded them to Tucker in April 1795.  The answers sent by Belknap were also printed in 1795 in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, First series, Volume 4 (reprinted in 1835).

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