Excerpt from The Freedmen's Book By Lydia Maria Francis Child Published 1866

James Forten Refuses to Help a Slave Trader

Mr Forten, while I was in the city, gave a strong proof of his disregard for self interest in a case where the happiness of his fellow man was concerned. He refused a commission to supply a ship in the harbour with sails because it had been employed in the slave trade and was likely to be engaged again in the same abominable traffic. He is now a wealthy man and has given his family consisting of eight children an excellent education adapted to the fortunes they will one day have, and I hope, I may add, to the station they will one day fill, for the time cannot be distant when virtues and accomplishments that would be respected in every other part of the world will raise their possessors in America above the insults and vexations of the Pariah State.

Journal of a Residence and Tour in the United States of North America From April, 1833, to October, 1834
By Edward Strutt Abdy
Published 1866