Born August 19, 1720 and passing into the afterlife on October 7, 1772, John Woolman lived much of his life based in Mount Holly, New Jersey, as a merchant, tailor, journalist, Quaker preach and early abolitionist. He traveled throughout British North America preaching Quaker beliefs and advocating against slavery, animal cruelty, economic injustice and conscription. He was in short a quiet sort of rebel with more than a little clue.
The Journal of John Woolman was published after his death and came to be considered a prominent American spiritual work. This journal has bee in print since 1774. Adding to his other works it gives a great deal of evidence to his character and how deeply he thought on anti-slavery, anti-materialism and on how power has an innate ability to corrupt. On a more positive note, he also spent considerable time discussing God’s divine power and goodness.
The Journal of John Woolman,Chapter X, may be read here:
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A short look at who Woolman was and what helped form his theological views may be found here: