OBSERVATIONS of Slaves and Indentured Servants…

Observations on the slaves and the indented servants, inlisted in the army, and in the
navy of the United States. The resolves of Congress, for prohibiting the importation
of slaves, demonstrates the consistent zeal of our rulers in the cause of mankind …
[Signed] Antibastes. Philadelphia, August 14, 1777. [Philadelphia Printed by Styner
and Cist. 1777].
OBSERVATIONS on the SLAVES and the INDENTED SERVANTS, inlisted in the Army, and in the Navy of
the United States.
THE Resolve of Congress, for prohibiting the importation of Slaves, demonstrates the consistent
zeal of our rulers in the cause of mankind. They have endeavoured, as early and as extensively as it
then was in their power, to reform our morals, by checking the progress of the general depravation,
which, sooner or later, proves the ruin of the countries, where domestic slavery is introduced.
From the liberal spirit of that resolve, which, soon after, was most cheerfully supported by their
constituents, it is natural to infer that, had not the necessity of repelling the hostilities of powerful
invaders so deeply engaged the attention of the several legislative bodies of our Union, laws would,
long since, have been made, with every precaution, which our safety might have dictated, for
facilitating emancipations. Many Slaves, however, too many perhaps, are incautiously allowed to
fight under our banners. They share in the dangers and glory of the efforts made by us, the freeborn
members of the United States, to enjoy, undisturbed, the common rights of human nature; and THEY
remain Slaves!
The exquisite sensibility, the enlightened equity of a free people, cannot suffer them to be
ungrateful.—To stand indebted for the recovery of the least portion of our rights, to a race of
men, whose unhappy lot must be to continue in a state of the most dishonour able degradation,
would be too painful, too humiliating.—Have we not ourselves taught those men, on the most
rational principles, and with all the energy which our feelings could give us, to execrate that state
as unnatural, and contrary to the laws of God? Would public faith had been pledged to the Slaves,
before they were permitted to fight in our cause, that their own liberty was one of the recompences,
which they were to receive, for their courage and fidelity! It would have been a restitution, not a
recompence, though policy, to conceal our blushes, should have suggested a name for it, which
could not wound our pride.
Other States have likewise, on extraordinary emergencies, hazarded to employ Slaves in their wars;
but immediate, or conditional emancipation was, at the same time, held up, and most religiously


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When you look at the actual wording on the Document in the above Picture Images on above site! It uses the word “inlifted” and NOT “Inlisted” or “Enlisted”