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1833 Anti-Slavery Society of Waterville College petition

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 1833 Anti-Slavery Society of Waterville College petition
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On July 4th,1833, inspired by William Lloyd Garrison's lecture in Waterville, students petitioned to establish an Anti-Slavery Society. They wrote a preamble and a constitution with 13 articles.

This petition letter is a second attempt to get approval from the Board of Trustees. It was not until 1858 that the Colby faculty permitted the formation of the society.

The document was signed by: R. Giddings, Z. Bradford, F. Barker, I. Clarke, J.H.T. Dale, B. Osgood Pierce, L.B. Allen, R.G. Colby, James Upham, Henry P. Brown, Amoriah Joy, R.F. Potter, James S. Wiley, Z.P. Wentworth, E.L. Magoon, Jonathan Forbush, Asa Millett, Augustus Evertt, B. Wells, Ivory Quimby, Isaac M. Comings, Edward P. McKown, Erastus Everett, Ahira Jones, Samuel W. Field, E.T. Allen, C.S. Busell, Geo.S. LeRow, Wm. B. Wedgwood, Saml. L. Gould, Benjamin Williams, and William Mathews.

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