Feb.16, 1847, Acts 71st Legislature, p.188-189.
1. RESOLVED, by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, That the senators and representatives in congress from this state, be requested to use their best efforts to secure, as a fundamental condition to, or provision in any act of annexation of any territory hereafter to be acquired by the United States, as an indemnity for claims, or otherwise obtained, that slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crimes, shall be for ever excluded from the territory to be annexed.
2. Resolved, That the governor be requested to transmit a copy of the above resolution to each of our senators and representatives in congress.
Approved February 16, 1847.