By Joseph Sturge
Joseph Sturge (1793-1859) used to be an English Quaker who used to be influential in campaigning for the abolition of slavery within the British empire and based the British and international Anti-Slavery Society in 1839. Having visited the West Indies in 1834, he travelled to the us in 1841 to envision the slavery query there firsthand, and to lend his help to the yankee abolition stream by means of sharing his reports of ways luck used to be accomplished somewhere else. His account of his stopover at, and of the sentiments and critiques of the yank campaigners he met, is the topic of this 1842 e-book, which he was hoping could motivate activists world wide and advertise knowing between them.
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The supply not only suffices for the domestic use of the inhabitants, but is abundant for every public purpose of ornament or utility. My kind host, SAMUEL W E B B , who accompanied me, pointed out a plot of land, presented by WILLIAM PENN to a friend, to enable him to keep a cow, which is now worth many hundred thousand dollars for building purposes. He also showed me a mansion, the late proprietor of which had received a large accession of wealth from the quantities of plate which * See Appendix C.
A woman, who was the wife of a free man, and the mother of four children, and who had long believed herself legally free, was claimed by the heir of her former master. The case was tried, and his right of property in her and her children affirmed. He then sold the family to a slave dealer for a thousand dollars; of whom the husband of the woman re-purchased them, (his OWN wife and * See Appendix D. 30 BALTIMORE. children,) for eleven hundred dollars, to repay which he bound himself to labour for the person from whom it was borrowed, for twelve years.
The Baptist convention alluded to in the foregoing letter was one whose proceedings I regarded with considerable interest, for it had been generally understood that the ministers delegated from the South, as well as some of those from the Northern States, intended to exclude abolitionists from every office on the missionary board, and especially to remove my friend, ELON GALUSHA, a distinguised Baptist minister, from the station of vice-president, for the offence of attending the London AntiSlavery Convention, and more particularly for supporting the following resolutions of that assembly : " 1 .