A Visit to the United States in 1841 by Joseph Sturge

By Joseph Sturge

Joseph Sturge (1793-1859) was once an English Quaker who was once influential in campaigning for the abolition of slavery within the British empire and based the British and overseas Anti-Slavery Society in 1839. Having visited the West Indies in 1834, he travelled to the USA in 1841 to ascertain the slavery query there firsthand, and to lend his aid to the yank abolition circulation by way of sharing his stories of ways luck was once completed in different places. His account of his stopover at, and of the sentiments and critiques of the yank campaigners he met, is the topic of this 1842 ebook, which he was hoping could motivate activists around the globe and advertise figuring out between them.

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Those who hold these opinions, while they deny that civil and ecclesiastical government are of divine authority, are yet passively submissive to the authority of the former, though they abstain from exercising the political rights of citizenship. There were not wanting those, among the opponents of abolition, to charge the anti-slavery body at large with maintaining these views, and in consequence serious embarrassments were thrown in the way of a successful prosecution of the cause. The executive committee of the Society at New York were placed in a difficult position, but as far as I am able to judge, they endeavoured to hold on the steady tenor of their way, without, on the one hand, coutenancing the introduction of extraneous matters upon the anti-slavery platform; or, on the other hand, yielding to the clamour of the pro-slavery party, whether in church or state.

It is an interesting fact that on the subject last noticed, their labours should have been comparatively fruitless, and for a long interval almost forgotten, while their views on slavery rapidly spread, and produced extensive and permanent results. " May we not infer from this, that even those labours, rightly undertaken, which do not immediately prosper, are yet owned and accepted in the Divine sight ? To return from this digression to our attendance of the Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia: one interesting part of the business, was the annual report on education; from which it appeared, that the whole number of children, of an age for education, within the compass of this Yearly Meeting, was eighteen hundred and fourteen, and of these ninety-eight were temporarily absent, though most of them had been receiving instruction during part of the year.

It was proposed that they should pray, and then proceed at once to the ballot. The ministers called WILMINGTON, 37 upon were R. PULLER and ELON GALUSHA, who were considered to represent the opposite sides of the discussion. The former individual is a large slave-holder, an influential leader in his denomination, and had canvassed and condemned ELON GALUSHA'S views and conduct in the public newspapers. I must avow, this whole proceeding was little calculated to remove my objection to the practice of calling upon any individual to offer supplication in a public assembly.

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