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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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ment, our own government (in most respects, super-
latively excellent) is obliged to take a share. Ves-
sels fitted out, commanded by men, with hearts cal-
lous to the feelings of humanity, and deaf to her
cries — which repair to the African coast, stir up
war, burn towns, kill, catch, and carry captive, in-
discriminately, these poor, and, as to them, altoge-
ther unoffending people — bring them to distant and
different cities and towns, ringing with alarms for
worship, sounding with hymns and psalms from
stately temples, where they offer their devotion to
the universal Parent, who hath revealed his will in
the language of "do justly, love mercy, and walk
humbly with thy God" — professing to believe in
the Divine Lawgiver, whose statute is, "Whatso-
ever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye
even so unto them." Instead whereof, they are sold
like beasts, at market; separated, husband from wife,
children from parents; without regard to the tender-
est ties of natural affection: often put under unfeel-
ing whippers, and cruel taskmasters, where they are
frequently starved, or whipt to death — and if they
run away, and are caught, they have been hung up
without trial or jury. Some who had procured their
liberty, have been hunted with horses and dogs, and
shot down. While such enormities are in the land,
and winked at by the rulers, shall we not lay our
mouths in the dust, with this language impressed on
our minds, "O Lord! just, and true, and righteous,
are thy judgments." I cannot omit remarking the
joy we feel, at the escape of a captive white, from
among the Indians; yet, what a stir when a negro
slave attempts his liberty! advertisements printed,
and rewards offered to take him, alive or dead.