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"Thoughts on Slavery"

Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-071

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume handwritten manuscript of John Parrish's essay, "Thoughts on Slavery," in which Parrish discusses the religious and moral reasons in favor of abolishing slavery in America, as well as a short history of slavery in America, and the responsibilities of the American government to those they are oppressing through slavery.


  • 1800


Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

John Parrish (1729-1807) was a Quaker abolitionist and a proponent of Native American rights. He was born in Baltimore in 1729 to John Parrish and Elizabeth Roberts. He married Elizabeth Durrant in Philadelphia in 1753. In his adult years, he lived with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia, although as a young man he resided in Maryland. It is also known that he suffered from a stroke in 1807 while in Philadelphia, and is thought to have died as a result.

Parrish is best remembered for authoring "Remarks on the Slavery of the Black People." Published in 1806, Parrish's pamphlet ran to nearly 70 pages and ranged over such issues as Biblical antislavery, constitutional rationales for emancipation, colonization, and African-American political protest. Parrish believed that Americans needed to redouble their antislavery efforts to avert either eternal damnation or massive slave rebellion--or both.


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"Thoughts on Slavery" was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1957 by The Archives and Historical Committee of Merion Friends Meeting, with the cooperation of Reverend Bartholomew Fair, Librarian of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Related Materials

  • MC 975.01.003 David Bacon journal
  • MC 975.01.021 James Emlen journal
  • MC 975.01.061 William Savery diaries
  • MC 975.01.053 John Parrish diaries

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October 2015.
"Thoughts on Slavery," 1800
Kara Flynn
October 2015
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