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IN THE LIGHT
THE HOLY BIBLE,
WILLIAM HENRY BRISBANE,
A SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST.
“ Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good.”
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the
BY WILLIAM HENRY BRISBANE,
for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Printed at the
For several years I have been examining the question of slavery with great care and attention. Once a slaveholder myself, born, brought up, and educated in the midst of slaveholders and slaves, I first investigated this subject with all the zeal and energy of the warmest supporters of the so-called “peculiar institution." In time I found myself perplexed with the results of my own arguments. I discovered my error: I became convinced that slaveholding was unrighteous: I abandoned it; and was conscientiously constrained to give freedom to upwards of thirty slaves. I have had to sacrifice a large portion of my patrimony, to exile myself from my native state, and to be cut off from the enjoyments of home, of friendship, and of brotherhood. I feel, therefore, that I have a claim to be heard.