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  • In an article in the Pennsylvania Freeman newspaper, Purvis reported on an Oct. 18, 1850 meeting at Byberry Hall at which a declaration was drafted regarding the Fugitive Slave Law that was recently enacted by the U.S. Congress.

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  • According to the 1847 deed by which he conveyed the property to the Trustees, the Hall was “to be dedicated to free discussion, to be independent of, and untrammeled by, any sect or party, to subserve the interest or caprice of no bigot, dogmatist, or tyrant, but in the fullest and freest sense to give ample scope and a fair field for the utterance of free speech.”

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