REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED ON THE EIGHTEENTH OF DECEMBER LAST, TO WHOM WERE REFERRED THE REPORT OF A SELECT COMMITTEE, ON THE LETTER OF W. H. HARRISON, MADE THE SEVENTEENTH FEBRUARY, 1804; A MEMORIAL OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INDIANA TERRITORY; AND SEVERAL PETITIONS OF SUNDRY INHABITANTS OF THE SAID TERRITORY.

Washington: A. & G. Way, 1806. 6, [2 blanks] pp. Bound in modern plain wrappers. Very Good.

The Committee, accepting recommendations from Harrison and others in the Indiana Territory, proposes suspending "for a limited time" the Ordinance of 1787's prohibition on slavery. Suspension, the Committee says, "is almost universally desired in that territory." Doing so would "accelerate" the territory's population, disperse the slave population more widely, to the benefit of the slaves; and eliminate the danger of insurrection created by large concentrations of slaves. The Committee rejects petitions urging that Indiana be attached to the State of Ohio.
Harrison became Governor of the Indiana Territory in 1800. He was "criticized because he favored the continuation of a modified form of slavery." DAB.
FIRST EDITION. AI 11690 [3]. Item #25587

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