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IN THE LIGHT

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THE HOLY BIBLE,

BY

WILLIAM HENRY BRISBANE,

A SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST.

“ Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good.”

PHILADELPHIA:

1847. .

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BY WILLIAM HENRY BRISBANE,
in the Office of the Clerk of the District Court

for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Stereotyped by
S. DOUGLAS WYETH, No. 7 Pear St.

Philadelphia.

Printed at the
U. S. JOB PRINTING OFFICE.

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PREFACE.

For several years I have been examining the question of slavery with great care and attention. Once a slaveholder myself, born, brought up, and educated in the midst of slaveholders and slaves, I first investigated this subject with all the zeal and energy of the warmest supporters of the so-called “peculiar institution." In time I found myself perplexed with the results of my own arguments. I discovered my error: I became convinced that slaveholding was unrighteous: I abandoned it; and was conscientiously constrained to give freedom to upwards of thirty slaves. I have had to sacrifice a large portion of my patrimony, to exile myself from my native state, and to be cut off from the enjoyments of home, of friendship, and of brotherhood. I feel, therefore, that I have a claim to be heard.

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