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of Amos A. Phelps and 31 others, citizens of Boston, Mass. for the rescinding
of Res. of December 21," February 14, 1838
of the gag rule hoped it would stop the flow of anti-slavery petitions
to Congress. Instead, it brought a flood of petitions, many protesting
the rule. Petition drives against the gag rule broadened antislavery sentiment
in the North because the rule seemed to prove abolitionist claims that
a Southern "Slave Power" existed that was not only conspiring
to preserve slavery but to deprive all Americans of their liberties. The
petition is signed by several well-known abolitionists including Wendell
Phillips and William Lloyd Garrison.