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Clotel; or, The President's Daughter
William Wells Brown
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Chapter 29. Conclusion
MY narrative has now come to a close. I may be asked, and no doubt shall, Are the
various incidents and scenes related founded in truth? I answer, Yes. I have personally
participated in many of those scenes. Some of the narratives I have derived from other
sources; many from the lips of those who, like myself, have run away from the land of
bondage. Having been for nearly nine years employed on Lake Erie, I had many
opportunities for helping the escape of fugitives, who, in return for the assistance they
received, made me the depositary of their sufferings and wrongs. Of their relations I have
made free use. To Mrs. Child, of New York, I am indebted for part of a short story.
American Abolitionist journals are another source from whence some of the characters
appearing in my narrative are taken. All these combined have made up my story. Having
thus acknowledged my resources, I invite the attention of my readers to the following
statement, from which I leave them to draw their own conclusions:--"It is estimated that
in the United States, members of the Methodist church own 219,363 slaves; members of
the Baptist church own 226,000 slaves; members of the Episcopalian church own 88,000
slaves; members of the Presbyterian church own 77,000 slaves; members of all other
churches own 50,000 slaves; in all, 660,563 slaves owned by members of the Christian
church in this pious democratic republic!"
May these facts be pondered over by British Christians, and at the next anniversaries of
the various religious denominations in London may their influence be seen and felt! The
religious bodies of American Christians will send their delegates to these meetings. Let
British feeling be publicly manifested. Let British sympathy express itself in tender
sorrow for the condition of my unhappy race. Let it be understood, unequivocally
understood, that no fellowship can be held with slaveholders professing the same
common Christianity as yourselves. And until this stain from America's otherwise fair
escutcheon be wiped away, let no Christian association be maintained with those who
traffic in the blood and bones of those whom God has made of one flesh as yourselves.
Finally, let the voice of the whole British nation be heard across the Atlantic, and
throughout the length and breadth of the land of the Pilgrim Fathers, beseeching their
descendants, as they value the common salvation, which knows no distinction between
the bond and the free, to proclaim the Year of Jubilee. Then shall the "earth indeed yield
her increase, and God, even our own God, shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth
shall fear Him."