Preamble to Constitution of the New England Anti-Slavery Society

Clear copy of preamble to the Constitution of the New England Anti-Slavery  Society:

“Whereas, we believe that Slavery is contrary to the precepts of Christianity, dangerous to the liberties of the country, and ought immediately to be abolished; and whereas, we believe that the citizens of New England not only have the right to protest against it, but are under the highest obligation to seek its removal by moral influence; and whereas, we believe that the free people of color are unrighteously oppressed, and stand in need of our sympathy and benevolent co-operation; therefore, recognizing the inspired declaration that God ‘hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth’ and in obedience to our Saviour’s golden rule ‘all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them’, we agree to form ourselves into a Society…” ….and then follows the Constitution