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ACT MAKING VERMONT THE 14TH STATE (VERMONT.) JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Printed Document Signed, "Th:Jefferson," as Secretary of State, a resolution of the First Congress: "An ACT for the Admission of the State of Vermont into this Union. . . ." 1 page, folio; side edges trimmed, uneven toning overall, folds reinforced verso with horizontal one through signature, some chipping along right edge, faint scattered foxing. (MRS) Philadelphia, 18 February 1791
Many in pro-slavery southern states were opposed to the admission of Vermont into the Union (the first state to abolish slavery), partly because they believed doing so would disrupt the political balance between northern and southern states. Critics were appeased when Kentucky became a (largely pro-slavery) state the following year. one of 28 copies signed by jefferson.