Testimony of the Religious Society of Friends, Against Slavery; Revived by the Representatives of the New England Yearly Meeting. New England Yearly Meeting.

Testimony of the Religious Society of Friends, Against Slavery; Revived by the Representatives of the New England Yearly Meeting.

Boston: Printed by S. N. Dickinson & Co., 1847. First edition. 12mo, original printed wrappers, 12 pages. A little browned and dust-soiled; some light wear; very good copy. Item #11867

In addition to the expected condemnations of the practice of slavery and slave-trading, this statement from the Meeting for Sufferings suggests that the Religious Society of Friends' own experiences laboring individually with earlier Quaker slave-holders may provide a model for emancipation: "But we are brought to the serious and very important inquiry, whether, if all the different religious denominations in our land would take the same ground which they [earlier Quakers] took, and faithfully maintain it, the system of slavery, with its host of concomitant vices and crimes, could withstand their united efforts." Signed in type at the foot of the text by the Clerk, George F. Read. (It is unclear whether this issues from the Wilburite or Gurneyite NEYM, though it appears Read at least was in correspondence with Wilburites.) Sabin 86069.

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