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John Woolman was born in 1720 on the family farm on Rancocas Creek in New Jersey He went to school with the other Quaker children and with Indian children in a schoolhouse twenty feet square Pamphlet printed several decades ago by the religious Education Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting John Woolman had finished his schooling and had worked for several years on the family farm found a place clerking in a little store in Mount Holly He also learned the tailors craft He did think of studying law but decided to remain a clerk and a tailor Since he was a good and careful writer he was often asked to draw up important documents for his employer and others Pamphlet Philadelphia Yearly Meeting John Woolman soon found that his religious beliefs would not allow him to write a bill of sale for a slave On the first occasion this happened John did write the bill of sale since the slave was going to an elderly Friend who would treat her kindly He told the seller and Friend that he felt they were following a practice inconsistent with the Christian religion Pamphlet Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Woolman wrote in his Journal a neighbor received a bad bruise on his body and sent for me to bleed him which having done he desired me to write his will I took notes and among other things he told me to which of his children he gave his young Negro I considered the pain and distress he was in and knew not how it would end so I wrote his will save only that part concerning his slave and carrying it to his bedside read it to him I then told him in a friendly way that I could not write any instruments by which my fellow creatures were made slaves without bringing trouble on my own mind I let him
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