Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s Draft of a Constitution for Virginia

The General assembly shall not have power ... to permit the introduction of any more slaves to reside in this state, or the continuance of slavery beyond the generation which shall be living on the 31st. day of December 1800; all persons born after that day being hereby declared free.

MS (DLC: Rives Papers) MS (MHi). Published in PTJ, 6:298.
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May 1, 1783 to June 30, 1783
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