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Wenham, Massachusetts Signers of Petition

This petition was found in the National Archives in Washington DC, by Diana Smith in early 2005. The purpose was to attempt to keep slave states from joining the Union
Diana writes: "The 'laid on the table' under the date Dec. 18, 1838, means this petition was never read out loud before Congress. Many towns collected these anti-slavery signatures, but the pro-slavery faction, who also collected signatures, was successful in getting elected officials to 'table' the reading of names. I'm just beginning to research this very volatile time in American history."