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  • Voice of the Bondsman

    "The Voice of the Bondsman" was a publication issued in Stratford by abolitionist John J.E Linton. The publication was intended to enlighten and encourage Canadian citizens to condemn "human chattel Slavery and a fellowship with it and its abettors". Linton used this publication to encourage Canadians to support escaped or liberated slaves who sought refuge in Canada as well as warn them of the dangers of financially supporting American companies who favour or are silent about slavery. There were only two issues of the publication, and only 5000 copies were distributed. This is the only known surviving copy of "The Voice of the Bondsman".