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And if it is done according Christianity? you surpass Holland & Germany in this thing. This mackes an ill report in all those Countries of Europe, where they hear off, that ye Quackers doe here handel men, Licke they handel there ye cattel. And for that reason some have no mind or inclination to come hither. And who shall maintaine this your cause, or plaid for it? Truely we can not do so, except you shall inform us better hereoff, viz: that christians have Liberty to practise this things. Pray!

This is from our meeting at Germantown, hold ye 18. of the 2. month 1688. to be delivered to the monthly meeting at Richard Warrell’s. garret hendericks derick up de graeff Francis daniell Pastorius Abraham up Den graef Two handwritten notes at the bottom of page, in a different hand from the main text, recount the Protest’s journey through the Pennsylvania Quaker hierarchy, noting its progress from the nearby Dublin Meeting, where the matter was considered too ‘weighty’ for that meeting, to the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, who likewise found it ‘a thing of too great A wayt for this meeting to determine’.

How fearful & fainthearted are many on sea, when they see a strange vessel. being afraid it should be a Turck, and they should be tacken, and sold for Slaves into Turckey. Now what is this better done as Turcks doe? yea, rather is it worse for them, wch say they are Christians for we hear that ye most part of such negers are brought heither against their will & consent, and that many of them are stollen. Now tho’ they are Black; we can not conceive, there is more Liberty to have them slaves, as it is to have other white ones.

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