was of great importance to him. But, as honest Isaac Jackson
alone was competent to decide that
Quakers consider ‘the inward light’ as a guide not merely in cases involving moral principles, but also in the regulation of external affairs; and in the annals of their Society, are some remarkable instances of dangers avoided by the help of this internal monitor.
used to mention a case where a strong impression had been made on his own mind, without his being able to assign any adequate reason for it. A young man, descended from a highly respectable Quaker
family in New-Jersey
, went to South Carolina
and entered into business.
He married there, and as his wife did not belong to the Society of Friends, he was of course disowned.
After some years of commercial success, he failed, and went to Philadelphia
, where Friend Hopper
became acquainted with him, and formed an opinion not unfavorable.
When he had been in that city some time; he mentioned that his wife owned land in Carolina
, which he was very desirous to cultivate, but was prevented by conscientious scruples concerning slave-labor.
He said if he could induce some colored people from Philadelphia
to go there and work for him as free laborers, it would be an advantage to him, and a benefit to them.
He urged Friend Hopper