By Joseph Sturge
Joseph Sturge (1793-1859) used to be 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 us in 1841 to envision the slavery query there firsthand, and to lend his aid to the yankee abolition circulate through sharing his reports of the way good fortune used to be completed in other places. His account of his stopover at, and of the emotions and reviews of the yank campaigners he met, is the topic of this 1842 booklet, which he was hoping might inspire activists all over the world and advertise realizing between them.
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To HOPE H. SLAUGHTER, Slave Trader, Baltimore. Since thou courteously allowed me, in company with my friend, J. G. WHITTIER, to visit thy slave establishment in the city of Baltimore, some weeks since, I have often felt a desire to address a few lines to thee. I need not, perhaps, say that my feelings were painfully exercised in looking over thy buildings, fitted up with bolts and bars, for the reception of human beings for sale. A sense of the misery and suffering of the unfortunate slaves, who have been from time to time confined there of their separation from home and kindred—and of the dreary prospect before them of a life of unrequited toil in the South and South West—rested heavily upon me.
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. Great quantities of this delicious fruit are raised in Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland. Here, as in other parts of the States, much money has been lost by a silk, or rather mulberry tree, mania. Young mulberry trees rose to a dollar and a quarter each, though they can be multiplied almost without limit in a single year.
The mischievous influence of the Colonization Society is very extensive among professing Christians in Baltimore, and is paramount in the legislature of the State. The American slave trade is carried on in the most open manner in this city. We paid a visit to the establishment of an extensive slave dealer, a large new building in one of the prin- SLAVE DEPOT AT BALTIMORE. 31 cipal streets. The proprietor received us with great courtesy, and permitted us to inspect the premises. Cleanliness and order were every where visible, and, might we judge from the specimens of food shewn us, the animal wants of the slaves are not neglected.