“ I do not appeal to the laboring classes simply because they are the only productive people, but there are other considerations.
You, my working friends, are under obligations which none others can discharge, and owe an imperious duty to the country, to the slave, to your children, to yourselves, to humanity, and to God.
No longer attempt to shield yourselves behind an organized government. The government rests upon your shoulders. So long as you uphold the present government, you uphold slavery and endanger your own liberties! In fact, you cannot be free with this mountain of iniquity and its increasing expense resting upon you.
It is by your aid and support that there are now three millions of human beings in your country chattelized.
It is by your aid and support that more than 200 newborn infants in your country, daily, have their humanity wrung out and are hurled down and classed among marketable wares and commodities.
It is by your aid and support that a disgraceful, barbarous and uncalled for war is now waged and carried on at the expense of a half million dollars a day, for the sole object of extending slavery and slave power and it is you that have to fight the battles and foot the bills in the bargain.
Have you thought of that fact? ”
Captain Jonathan Walker
Born - Harwich, Massachusetts, March 22, 1799
Died Age 79 years at Muskegon, Michigan April 30, 1878
A BRIEF VIEW OF
AMERICAN CHATTELIZED HUMANITY,
BY JONATHAN WALKER, 1846
Free Digitized Google Book on Harwich's own Capt. Jonathan Walker