Correspondence Concerning Abolitionist Jonathan Walker

Series: (Series 177, Territorial Governors’ Correspondence, 1820-1845)

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Civil War

Correspondence Concerning Abolitionist Jonathan Walker


His Excellency Gov. Branch


British & Foreign Anti Slavery Society
For the Abolition of Slavery & the Slave Trade
Throughout the World
27 New Broad Street, London
At a meeting of the Committee of the British and Foreign
Anti Slavery Society, held at No. 27 New Broad Street, on Friday Oct 6, 1844—
George Stacy Esq, in the Chair,

It was resolved Unanimously,

That considering the enormous wickedness of American Slavery,
whether viewed in relation to the iniquity of its principle, which deprives nearly
three millions of human beings of their personal rights; or to the atrocity of
its practice, which subjects them to the deepest degradation and misery; this
committee feel it to be their duty publicly, and namely, to express their sympathy
with those devoted friends of humanity, the Rev.d Charles, T Toney, and Captain
Jonathan Walker, who are now incarcerated in the prisons of Mary Land [sic] and
West Florida, for having aided, or attempted to aid, some of their enslaved
countrymen in their escape from bondage; and to assure these christian
 philanthropists, that they consider the cause for which they may here-
after be called to suffer, as honorable to them as men and as Christians;
and the laws under which they are to be arraigned, as utterly disgraceful
to a civilized community, and in the highest degree repugnant to the
spirit and precepts of the gospels.

On behalf of the Committee
October 8th 1844 – Thomas Clarkson
John Scoble,
Capt Jonathan Walker