Agitation Among The Friends

November 7, 1851

An item from Philadelphia, signed only “J.N.”, comments on a recent Friends Meeting, at Cherry Street. A member of the Society, during his remarks, speaks against the Fugitive Slave Law, remarking on its “irreligious character”.  One of the elders interrupted him, by saying” that communication was not acceptable to the meeting”.  The meeting was broken up, but a few hundred remained, including Lucretia Mott, who “expressed her protest against the arbitrary outrage that had been committed”.  The writer says that a similar thing has happened before, and concludes, “It is a shame, yet the truth must be published to the world.”