Explanation: There had always been anti-slavery sentiments among certain religious groups, particularly in England and the United States, but the date of the passage in question (1774) indicates that the author was probably associated with the growing evangelical movement in the late eighteenth century. In addition to their religious fervor, evangelical groups historically supported many social justice movements such as the fight against slavery. Therefore, (C) is the best answer. Choice (A) is too early chronologically. Choice (B) is a decent option, but the Freemasons were not generally known for their abolitionist views. Mormonism was not founded until the 1820s, so (D) is chronologically too late.