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 international Anti-Slavery Society in 1839. Having visited the West Indies in 1834, he travelled to the U.S. in 1841 to envision the slavery query there firsthand, and to lend his help to the yankee abolition flow via sharing his reviews of the way good fortune used to be completed somewhere else. His account of his stopover at, and of the sentiments and evaluations of the yankee campaigners he met, is the topic of this 1842 publication, which he was hoping might motivate activists worldwide and advertise figuring out between them.
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Among the rest it was plainly asked, if the southern delegates did not come pledged against the re-election of ELON GALUSHA. This was denied, but certain resolutions which had appeared in the public papers were appealed to in proof of the fact. The enquiry becoming more searching, an expedient was resorted to, which, though quite novel to me, was, I am told, not unfrequently adopted when discussions assume a shape not quite satisfactory to the controlling powers of a synod. It was proposed that they should pray, and then proceed at once to the ballot.
On the 1st. of the 5th. month, (May) we returned to Wilmington, in Delaware, where we remained at the hospitable residence of our friend SAMUEL HILLES, till the 3rd. instant, and met a number of " Friends," and others, who treated us with great kindness and hospitality. I inspected one of the flour mills on the Brandywine river, and the process of drying Indian corn before it is ground; these are some of the oldest flour mills in the State. A large peach orchard of one of my friends in the neighbourhood, was beautifully in bloom.
G. WHITTIER, being, from increase of indisposition, unable to go forward, I left Wilmington alone, and arrived in New York in time to be present at a Baptist AntiSlavery Convention, which I had been invited to attend, and at which I was called upon to make a few observations on the present state of the question. Several important resolutions were unanimously adopted, containing a cordial approval of the principles of proceeding of the London Convention, a recommendation that another Convention should be held at the same place in 1842, and an assurance that exertions should be used to promote a good delegation from the Baptist anti-slavery body.
A Visit to the United States in 1841 by Joseph Sturge