The founding fathers had added both elements of principle and timely elements in the founding documents. The Declaration of Independence of 1776 was based on the assertion that freedom was the foundation of a moral ideal that made universal equality a common right.  By 1787, the revolutionary generation had formed a government with limited powers to embody the principles of the Declaration, but “burdened by the only legacy that opposed the principles of 1776,” human servitude.  In a pragmatic commitment to the formation of the Union, the federal apparatus would renounce any right of direct interference in the institution of slavery if it existed under the local control of the states. The recognition of State sovereignty provided for the participation of the States most committed to slavery. Southerners who immigrated to this area took their slaves under the guise of servitude, which was legal in the area. The countries of the North, most of which preferred “free states” where slavery was prohibited, feared that slavery would take place de facto in the states that had been cut off from the Northwest Territory. The reception of Missouri, originating from lands acquired by the Louisiana Purchase and located outside the former northwest, contributed to their fears about the expansion of slavery. On February 13, 1819, Jame Tallmadge, A.D. Attorney for New York, Jame Tallmadge, proposed two amendments to the Missouri Statehood Bill. The first prohibited any further importation of slaves into Missouri; the second required a gradual emancipation for the slaves already there. .