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Cane Ridge Revival Leader B. W. Stone

     "The question is no longer now as thirty years ago - Is the slavery of Africans right or wrong? It is settled in the nation that it is wrong, both politically and morally. The light of truth and intelligence has removed our doubts. No man of intelligence now presumes to justify it, whether he be a politician, moralist, or Christian. ... What can be done to relieve them? They have proposed and examined many plans by the principles of policy, philosophy, and religion. But every plan has been found defective but that which we now advocate, the plan of settling the free people of color in Africa. To free them and let them live among us, is impolitic, as stubborn facts have proved. ... But now every Christian, every man who is conscientious on the subject, may free himself from this distress by giving up his slaves to the benevolent Colonization Society, which will joyfully receive them, and transport them to a fertile and pleasant land, to the enjoyment of liberty, religiou, and all the comforts of life." (Stone, 1828 - quoted in The Biography of Eld. Barton Warren Stone by Elder John Rogers, 1847, p. 288-90)

     "It is well known by the personal and intimate freinds of B. W. Stone, that to get away from those slaves entailed upon his children, and from the influence of slavery around him, were the chief causes of his removal to Illinois. Kentucky was exceedingly dear to his heart, and on his last visit to Caneridge, the scene of his early labors, in the gospel, he said, he wished his bones to be laid there. He often said, before his removal to Illinois, in reference to those blacks entailed upon his children, that as he could not free them, he would free himself from them, by leaving the country." (Rogers, p. 293)

     "Barton Stone followed a course in his "Christian Messenger" and as early as 1827 coupled 'war and slavery' as the 'greatest evils in the world.' ...
     "By the 1840's Barton Stone was a staunch supporter, if not a member, of temperance socieities. (Quest for a Christian America, by David Edwin Harrell, Jr., 1966, p. 140, 182)

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