Boston merchants and ship-owners became, to a considerable extent, involved in the slave-trade.
Distilleries, established in that place and in Rhode Island, furnished rum for the African market.
The slaves were usually taken to the West Indies, although occasionally part of a cargo found its way to New England, w, avarice and love of power and pride of opinion gave way before his testimony of love.
The New England Yearly Meeting then, as now, was held in Newport, on Rhode Island.
In the year 1760 John Woolman, in the course of a religious visit to New England, attended that meeting.
He saw the horrible traffic in human beings,—the slditors; his remarks were kindly received, and the gentle and loving spirit in which they were offered reached many hearts.
In 1769, at the suggestion of the Rhode Island Quarterly Meeting, the Yearly Meeting expressed its sense of the wrongfulness of holding slaves, and appointed a large committee to visit those members who wer