Roseland Cottage

Principles not in the Market

Bowen and McNamee, his business partner were excoriated by other New York merchants for their refusal to endorse the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 by participating in a huge gathering of NY merchants in support of the act. In response, they published an often-quoted “card” in the New York Herald which stated that their goods and not their principles were for sale. It is surrounded in the Herald by articles critical of their stance.