"FEBRUARY 23, 1788.
To the honourable the CONGRESS as the
united Mates ot iuvimuun.
or the other is in the riabt; 'fliolild bc.lcft tothb
been bo h miftakenand mifieprcfentcd I demand
impartial public to determine, unon a view of the
a publication, of the genuine cttei fiom inder
jj "HE repielentqtives of the good people of Kcn-Jmeafuics pursued by each. And thus, while the my own h. nd, the puoiic will
then iee who is
tucky in Convention affcmbled, pursuant to
politician h detcfteJ, exposed, and ded.ioyed ; the
the liar and the scoundrel.
man provided he has no finiftcr views, icmainS
aft of the geneial Affembly ofViiginia intitled
" an aft concerning the ejection of the jDifhrft of tinartailed, unhurt. For while human happiness
Kentucky into an. Independent State," hav.pg delite a single obaft paji befoic the dizzy sight of.
man. and.is seen tlu'pugh difleient medium,- - It
termined that it is expedient that ihcfaid D Wrier.
will. follow of course, that different men will pur
Ihould be erefted .into a sovereign Independent
Me been, gette one wkitey man witey one piece
.sue different means to obtain it, And
State on the terms, and conditions specified intjic
mcboitiwhat de farmer Jay in your paper bout de
said aft, and that the jurifdiftroh qnd authority Of
core, however a person may ilefervc cpmpaflion,
Is you prenfe prinkc my piece too me
Virginia and her laws (hall ccafe, and determine
ui uui, mr involuntary cnors, he cannot podlbfy
will tank you; and when you Come my maJa h
forever over ihe said Diltiift on the 31ft. day o.f in the natuieof things deserve fenfure, But my jnefeede you
luufe berry well, and creane you hoote
December 1788. do therefore beg lei veto address
enemies, do not piUtend. to lay hold on my politoo.
Ga,t BreJJe you, mdjja Braddefo, do dike
tical sentiments, tho' frequently and sully expref-feyour Honouiable Body on the important fubjeft.
Happt?j:ss we all eagerly aivl incefifantlv
Yet it is my pioqiefs in the political line,
which they uould w,i,i u, obstruct. And in orthis is the mark to which our aim is and whi'o
T'fawapicccinyour Gazette No. 23 querying is
der to effect this, they attack my private, characwe continc to be rational creatines will forever
1 thp.new constitution tobeftamed in Kentucky,
Is the inhabitants of the Diltriftof ter, and
co o, i,g me into contempt
pught:to haveaclaufcielpecting flavcry, and alk-m- g
Kentucky connelcd with the Commonwealth of
my fellow citizen i
what that claufc ought to be. . From the
Virginia cannot f.om the peculiarity of their
This is artful no doubr, for upon this ground a
to that piece, I am doubtful the author is
man (is he can merit th 1: name )'who may
obtain this gicat ob est it is natmal, it is
not be .no fr.end to my sort ofpeoplc,becaufemen of his
wish for a change.
capab'c of foiming one i.urt Je-- i on q political calling have
ie fonab'e to
been the gencial, and almolt the onatioi we anxioufiy d'efiieto eTeft in iubjccl; maybe made uc.)f as the moll dcltruc-- i ly holders, and
particulaily the molt cruel oppi oftive tool.
the icjiihr cpnfl.tutional mode picferibed in the
fers of Slaves in America.
The gentleman I hope
But finely, is a rr,V-- ,; a v;ua& 'he fl10uld not
la'' undci v hich "C aft, but 10 gicifa e onrpte-fen- t
avill paidon me for doubting.
But as there are
fi fferings. which muf! grow Vith our growth
be nulled v.ith the p .M.c mte est. Well then
loo men of all, callings, andas that gentleman seems
case with our population that (liould we
this is the giound of ire portion ; and the cause
be thoughtful oh manyo'hei important
be u'n ucce'sful in this application, we lliall not ,of the LOinbinaiion aga.uL me. this then leijuiies
will take upon me to hope that Reafonand
confldcr omfe'ves in any manner anfwerab'e for a litt'e exam nation
inanity hath for once vouchsafed to reside in the
the fuMrc conduit of our Conilituents. We
No man is a vi lain ficm nature ', then is he is
Ireafl of a farmer. God send them a dwelling-plac- e
a villain, it mult be ly hi, o vn conduct. Andth.s
your honours, that our ivifli to separate
in the breall of cveiy Farmer in
from ourpaicnt (Wc doe-no- t
proceed fiom any
conduct conlilts of a un be f tranfaftions with
Upon afuppofitionthat the Farmer is in crnert,
impatience under the neceffary reftr-aintothei men, which coi ,e u'ently mult be fasts,
and would wifli todo-wha- t
:is, right j andinjjopes
Government, which "'e think wisely organised
icducblc to pioof. Now 'o conduct thebufineCs
tiyit the white pcoplft in general will take this
an we" adin;,iiftrfJ, b it our rcmptc filiation
fairly. A nun ought at lest to l.nowhat he matter into their serious consideration ; I will maue
i chaigcd with; inJee I
f m t! e feu of Government, and the many interjanatuial .iulticc requires, ' a iew,.obfervations, and give .my opinion
Oiar he fliould be l.jn.d in his defence, becent n.itu al m e.'imc its, pre cnt Our enjoying
fore he is judged, and lound guilty bcfo.e be is
wi h oui e'ftcm Bretliren and
It is commanded in Scripture, and I think every
pre liKe the lea of a connexion on republican
condemned, 't his is bimgipg them ictei toapo.nt.
honcft mans own heau feels the force of ir
4Now as it is a f.ujdanvntdl t.iiciple with me neipi maple
we ought to do as we would be d.ine by and ic
I'ie "sort., implicitly confiding in the iufKce ther to insult, nor injine, a,. man, withoutcaufe.
is no less true that,
an! Liberality of Conuefs
Congous that their And as Ism totally igiioi.mt of having done any all. Is the white jufticc ought to be done to
people does, as they would be
ca cs a'c equally cxteiled to every part of the
thing to dmeive that ti '! of vu'gar epithets,
mule emancipate their Slaves. But
fenfiblc that as it is their d ity, it
gioisui ietea , wh.ct, h uc been tin own on me by is tr.e state lliould
let us free, they will do mani-fe- ll
is their incii.ntion to relieve the" ift'eTcs and
ho "cpeole, ! demand,
injurtice to otir mailers, who havo paid a ice
to communicate happiness to all the Citizens of u 01 them, I defy them, :, e .Inb t a chaige of
for us, and have hd no hand in importing our
facts aga nit mcwhah w
,Ult,fy the r conduct.
anceltors fiom Afiica. Again is my countrymen
We in conroimity to the aft of Affcmblv hef- rc Lethcin coinnii the lac oi :act towt.'tirg, or is were
to be.fet.at liberty without land, without
a'id atneab'e to a fiibfequcnt aft intilefened to
the.cfljo.ildbooiieth.il cam vnte.tl.c
one others propc ty,, without trades or edncatibh,.and even
tled "an .ft rj udr Tn ther piovifion so: theereftiori
who en, lettwn
without one qualification neceffary to make good
c.f the Diihift of Kentucky into an independent
tin... IU.III., ur ugn me.i 11.11, ie. And to this I f ee citizens; t i more than
probable that the
State' apo'v to your honours to. ratify the com-pawill apnear.
Il theqh.i.ge is luppoiteJ. then let
gene'ralhty of us would.be in a worfc condition
so emn ry entered into between
the State .of nic luffer all the bljine V!nr'h hll
than we now arc; the common White people
V iginia ai d the D ftriJ of Kentucky, bv dedar-jn- e dc crve. Is it is not (.pro. ted then let
my cue-would cheat us out of all our labour, and wo
your a en r0 rhe ereftion of the said Difliict
take the meal" uc of their injujlkc and
fliould, be obliged to rob or Ileal for bi cad; which
ir.'o an indopendenr Ft uc on the teims and con-d- i gu'ty. 1 am anxious that this invelhgation
lhould would be do'hg the State an injury, ruining our'
uns Adulated in the said arts, and that the said .lake place.
1 have a pub.ic, as
well as pnvate'
Matters and beneiting but sew of us. 'This
D .liia when eiecd as nforc'aid be permitted to character at ftake.Jf l am thp villain unmsfr me
would not wiflj to see; althO'l, as an Individual
evjal piiviied-c- s with the other of the Unifoi notwithllanding their act.vityin
am daily fighing.for liberty; I would not w.fh to
ted State? o" Ameiica and be tilled the Common-wealt- h the cont aiy, I stilt am flaiteed by endeavouiing
obtain ir at the expence of so many thousand; a
of KcNf ucr.y.
of fi ends both public and pi a:c, which I wduid mult suffer, is
a general emancipation was to taka
As i' is o! cicit cop. cit'cncc to the good pen-p- 'e
not have deceived, ami in that case fnould not place all at once.
i uckto have the eaii'eflof
of dcfeive. I know it wouid
I think is the, whjtc peop!3 would do their enthedecifion of your honours o:i this important and
in me to tiouhlc the pufal.c with
contentions that deavour to railcthc Negroes that shall be hercaf-tdeep! inte. cling fubjecl. We moftcar-neito them
were me e y private. But give me leave to say,
born in such manner as would sit them for good
mi eu you 10 en cr on thccor.fideration
th? caU in quertion is but too public. And I (nou,fd useful citizens, and
then set them at liberty, they
ti e eof as soon as the
gient aflVirs of Site iliy jnent that degiee of corfiderce fiom niy, would do
us alt the savour we could reafonauly
which demand your attention v ill pcinvt and that
fellow citizens, to which I aTpj;. could I et
ask, and wouid do themlelves justice at the same
when dec ded you will be 'ease k transmit to us the
at home; wh.Ic
flar lei issbioad.
I am lure
is I could know,
Older, that the Con
The pe.,'ons so active to rum n.c h ive called part of my labour that
was.tp be laid out upon the
to be eleftel to foim a Confitution of upon to bung foith their cha-gTo iheic howEducation.of my Children and grand Children in
Government may have time to accomnlid that aid . ever I wouii net be
thought to addieis myself.
order to make themfice honefl Citizens ; I could
ous m.l moineniuous h ifii efs, befo'ie the
It is not to them I would clear mv name'ofthofc
labour with much greater freedom, and recontion of the per od fixed on .by rs when theai.tho-rit- y degiad.ng appellations
.which from Omc o time cile myself much better to my state
of the Commonwealth of Virginia and of its butmoiepauiculaily since a
of ilavery than
cutain affaii between I can at present.
laws, under certain exceptions, shall ceafcandde-teimm- e Hpratio Tt.rp
iuikI mv I'elf, huvebccuthiown upI am of opinion that to bring this- for ever.
on it. But it is to the candid paitofthe commuconstitution oughttohaveacjaufercfpccting flave'-- i
A copy frcm the journals,
nity, to my unprciud.ced countiy men that 1 ap- THOMAS TODD C.C.
p.u , w in many 01 you, 1 naie tianlaced btn'iiiRfs.
;I amaiiootopimon, thatthec aufcomIir
?rinted byoider of Convention.' H. INNES.
in fomfMhino llfcnftir, CnCr rpu rn
all, upon vour decfion 1 red
iometn.n2; oi this kind I peihaps fliould have
' AH men are by nature free .and
TV air. e .
intr in vonr paper.
publ.fted iong since; but it us with reluctance I
very is againfl the rights of Humanity, and ought
a comb'natior. of wen
perle eie in a vi-go into extremes.
I am with a becoming lefpect
not to cxift in any government; Thercfoie no
o cnt op, ofitiort to one man ; ihd c
the publics vc.y humble ferv.mt.
person shall be born to servitude (for
ton to be'icve. that ore Me, or il e othei,
thirty years) aster the first day of January.
ro blame, and hence the neceflityof'
N.B. I have, been tpld.thaisa ccrta'n Jordan
a candid enquiry.
And the legiflaturp ought 'to take proper-jjradu- ar i79o
Is the party opofe this indi. Harris aflcrted in a
public and very positive manmeans to emancipate the unborn, race. of, .Staves
vidual mere'y in the political line; and do
not dener, that I had acknowledged mvfclf'a liar and a and
have them brought up in such a way, thitJ
scend to attack his piivate charaftcr; thia it mfl
scoundrel, in a letter to Mai. Tiirrpn,,,
- luppoiea can proceed from norninoucadivcr- - letter was
merely piivate, but since the motive