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A Word from a Petitioner to Congress


An 1837 broadsheet poem by John Pierpont, published during US congressional debates over antislavery petitions. Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project.


This broadside most likely was published to accompany a public meeting.  It was later collected in John Pierpont's Antislavery Poems (1845).  For further on Pierpont, see his Anti-Slavery Poems.   For further on the Congressional petition debates, see Arguing About Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress, William Lee Miller (Knopf, 1996). 

- Joe Lockard