Slavery is a violent deprivation of the rights of nature, and inconsistent with a republican government

[S]lavery is a violent deprivation of the rights of nature, and inconsistent with a republican government, and therefore, recommend to our brethren to make use of every legal measure to extirpate this horrible evil from the land; and to pray to Almighty God that our honorable legislature may have it in their power to proclaim […]