Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia

I think a change already perceptible, since the origin of the present revolution. The spirit of the master is abating, that of the slave rising from the dust, his condition mollifying, the way I hope preparing, under the auspices of heaven, for a total emancipation, and that this is disposed, in the order of events, to be with the consent of the masters, rather than by their extirpation.

[Query XVIII, “Manners”]

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January 1, 1782 to December 31, 1782
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