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John Woolman - Selected Archive Items

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[1107] David H. Burr, Map of New Jersey and Pennsylvania Exhibiting the Post Offices, Post Roads, Canals, Railroad (1839),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-96653].
This map provides a geographical context for Woolman's travels in Pennsylvania.

[1575] To Be Sold, on Board the Ship Bance Island... Negroes, Just Arrived from Windward & Rice Coast (ca. 1780),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-10293].
A newspaper advertisement for the sale of slaves at Ashley Ferry outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Plantation owners paid higher prices for slaves from the "Windward" or "Rice Coast," the rice-growing regions of West Africa that ranged from Senegal down to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

[2793] The Quaker Meeting,
courtesy of George Fox University.
Quaker churches like this one are "plain-style" buildings defined by their linear design, exposed structural supports, and open lighting. These unpretentious interiors have no altars or pulpits, creating unadorned spaces that allow congregants to concentrate on their individual relationships with God. Illustration from Sydney George Fisher, The True William Penn (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1899).

[2909] Thomas Fairland, George Fox (1914),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-49456].
Facsimile of portrait drawn on stone. George Fox (1624-1691) founded the Society of Friends, or Quakers, based on the principle of the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit. In the portrait Fox wears what would become known as a "Quaker hat."

[6746] Nathaniel Delivan, Bill of Sale for Slaves, New York (1700),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections, Printed Ephemera.
Early opponents of slavery like John Woolman addressed the institution's existence in all of the British colonies. Hudson Valley wheat plantations used slaves, while merchants and ships from ports like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia brought slaves to those towns along with southern and Caribbean colonies.

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