evolutionary era, were adverse to Slavery.
In the debate of Wednesday, August 8, on the adoption of the report of the Committee,
Mr. Rufus King [then of Massachusetts, afterward an eminent Senator from New York] wished to know what influence the vote just passed was meant to have on the succeeding part of the report concernisine qua non.
On the question for committing the remaining part of Sections 4 and 5, of Article VII., the vote was 7 in the affirmative; 3 in the negative; Massachusetts absent.--Ibid., p. 1392. No Slave-trade, no Union!
Such was the short and sharp alternative presented by the delegates from those States.
North Carolina was , was entirely outside of any general and obvious necessity.
No one could pretend that there was any thing mutual in the obligation it sought to impose — that Massachusetts or New Hampshire was either anxious to secure the privilege of reclaiming her fugitive slaves who might escape into Carolina or Georgia, or had any desire to e