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From: Janet Tanksley <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Fathers and Rulers petition
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:15:26 -0400
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I heard back from the Library of Congress which confirms what you (y'all)
had discovered.

This is in response to your inquiry about abolition petitions presented to
the House of Representatives before 1840.

Records from the House of Representatives can be found at the National
Archives,, and not the Library of Congress. We
searched the Archives "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of
the United States," < >,
and found a number of entries from the Congressional records that refer to
abolition petitions:

We would suggest you contact the National Archives Center for Legislative
Archives for help with your research: see < >. The National Archives also has two
regional centers in Morrow and Atlanta, Georgia which might have copies of
some of these materials: see < >.

We hope this information has been useful.
Public Services Division
Law Library of Congress

On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 2:04 PM, <> wrote:

> Patti,
> Thanks for sharing the passages!
> > 'Explain, discuss, argue, persuade.'
> An inspirational motto!
> I wonder if Footnote could be persuaded to take an interest in
> digitizing the petition RGs at NARA. An incredible tie-in with US
> social movements, not just abolitionists.
> > "One value of the work of scholars poring over those names on the
> > peitions, and correlating this way and that with town records and the
> like,
> > is that even in their dry numbers and charts and sociological
> preoccupations
> > they bring home to the imagination the larger social dimensions of the
> > movement: the multitudes of folk whose names we do not know, except that
> we
> > can find them on the petitions, who were local leaders, or local
> followers,
> > in great numbers and many kinds."
> I love this passage, too. One of my collateral (female) ancestors was
> said to be an abolitionist/suffragette in her early 20th century
> obituary. Have to check if there's any way she might have been
> involved, although I think she was a generation later.
> > But perhaps
> > I'm unique in not remembering everything I read.:-)
> I usually do not remember details (which makes reading most genealogical
> writings interesting, to say the least, since they are packed with
> details). I'm happy if I remember major concepts, the author/title,
> and where I found it, so if I should want to check the details again I
> can. And, as time goes by, I'm happy with remembering almost anything.
> It's great to 'see' new things the 2nd, 3rd, etc time around. Reflects
> development, growth.
> Thanks, again, Patti. Your enthusiasm shines through!
> Linda
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Janet Tanksley

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