hour, in the United States of America alone,
three millions and a half of men, women, and
children, are held as " chattels personal," by
thirty-seven thousand and fifty-five individuals,
many of them professing Ministers of the Gos¬
pel, and defenders of "the peculiar institution."
In undertaking to prepare this volume for
the press, the Editor's object was two-fold,
namely; to advance the anti-slavery cause by
the diffusion of information; and to promote
the success of the project John Brown has
formed, to advance himself by his own exer¬
tions, and to set an example to others of his
" race." If by the little the Editor has done to
render the volume interesting, he should secure
for it a fair meed of popular favour, these two
objects will be certainly accomplished, and his
labour will not have been expended in vain.
27, New Broad Street,
London, January, 1855.