The first protest against slavery in the new world was the Germantown Protest of 1688 where Mennonites and Quakers joined
together to protest the practice of slavery. Darby's John Blunston also took part in an early action against slavery in 1715. In *The
Friend*, Vol. 28:309 there is text of a "minute made in 'that Quarterly Meeting held at Providence Meeting-house the first day of the
Sixth month, 1715' ." It reads as follows:
"A weighty concern coming before the meeting concerning some Friends being yet in the practice of importing, buying and
selling negroe slaves; after some time spent in a solid and serious consideration thereof, it is the unanimous sense and
judgment of this meeting, that Friends be not concerned in the importing, buying or selling of any negro slaves that shall be
imported in future; and that the same be laid before the next Yearly Meeting desiring their concurrence therein. Signed by order
and on behalf of the Meeting, Caleb Pusey, Jno. Wright,Nico. Fairlamb, Jno. Blunsten"
In the minutes of Concord Quarterly Meeting, first day of the Sixth month, 1715 it indicates that Chester Monthly Meeting laid this
concern before the Quarterly Meeting. The minutes of that meeting end with "Caleb Pusey, John Wright, Nicholas Fairlamb, and
John Blunston are appointed to draw up the minutes of this meeting relating to the Yearly Meeting in a Suitable method to be
sent.  George Fox's Book of Doctrinals ordered to be sent to Chester Friends."
John Blunston's 1715 protest
against slavery
Return to Darby Past
A building known as the Blunston
Bake House on Main Street in Darby
Borough