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 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 yankee abolition stream by way of sharing his studies of the way good fortune was once accomplished in different places. His account of his stopover at, and of the sentiments and reviews of the yankee campaigners he met, is the topic of this 1842 publication, which he was hoping might inspire activists world wide and advertise figuring out between them.
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This he faithfully performed, removed the people to Illinois, and presented them with lands for their subsistence. He himself soon removed there and became Governor of the territory. It was owing to his determined and vigorous efforts that slavery was made unconstitutional in that State. He was a friend of President JEFFERSON, and corresponded with him on the subject of slavery. All his liberated slaves prospered, all learned to read and write, two are now ministers of the gospel, and one is the Governor's agent, and a man of property.
Although I had to address a company almost unanimously opposed on these points to myself, my communication was received in a kind and friendly spirit, and I was courteously informed that it would be taken into consideration at the next meeting of the Committee. My friend, DANIEL NEALL, at whose house this interview took place, is a venerable looking man, a native of Delaware, and son-in-law of the excellent WARNER MIFFLIN. He has been an abolitionist from his boyhood. Two years ago he was dragged from the house of a friend in Delaware, and tarred and feathered, and otherwise mal-treated by a mob of slaveholders and their abettors; he mildly told those near him that if they would call at his house at Philadelphia, he would treat them in a very different manner.
This effort of judicious zeal, will probably make hundreds of emancipationists, and disarm hostility, and rouse indifference to a great extent. No impartial and benevolent mind can read these authentic details of the results of emanci- 40 PHILADELPHIA. pation in the British Colonies, and remain unconvinced of its safety and blessed fruits, to every class of the community. The Professor has published and circulated Dr. CHANNING'S "Emancipation/' in the same shape. I also called upon the late Governor of Illinois, EDWARD COLES, who was born in a slave State, but in early life, while at college, from a conviction of the sinfulness of slave-holding, he resolved upon liberating the negroes which would come into his possession on the death of his father.
A Visit to the United States in 1841 by Joseph Sturge