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This painful and difficult duty was faithfully per formed. In that meekness and humility of spirit which has nothing in common with the ‘fear of man, which bringeth a snare,’ the self-denying followers of their Divine Lord and Master ‘went about doing good.’ In the city of Philadelphia, and among the wealthy planters of the country, they found occasion often to exercise a great degree of patience, and to keep a watchful guard over their feelings. In his Journal for this important period of his life John Woolman says but little of his own services. How arduous and delicate they were may be readily understood. The number of slaves held by members of the Society was very large. Isaac Jackson, in his report of his labors among slave-holders in a single Quarterly Meeting, states that he visited the owners of more than eleven hundred slaves. From the same report may be gleaned some hints of the difficulties which presented themselves. One elderly man says he has well brought up his eleven slaves, and ‘now they must work to maintain him.’ Another owns it is all wrong, but ‘cannot release his slaves; his tender wife under great concern of mind’ on account of his refusal. A third has fifty slaves; knows it to be wrong, but can't see his way clear out of it. ‘Perhaps,’ the report says, ‘interest dims his vision.’ A fourth is full of ‘excuses and reasonings.’ ‘Old Jos. Richison has forty, and is determined to keep them.’ Another man has fifty, and ‘means to keep them.’ Robert Ward ‘wants to release his slaves, but his wife and daughters hold back.’ Another ‘owns it is wrong, but says ’

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