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Jesse Torrey was a physician in Philadelphia. He wrote A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery in the United States based on his observations and interviews about the slave trade. Torrey was the author of several other works including The American Slave Trade, Or An Account Of The Manner In Which The Slave Dealers Take Free People From Some Of The United States Of America, And Carry Them Away, And Sell Them As Slaves In Other Of The States. Torrey argued that slavery should be ended gradually. While other reformers of the time advocated for colonization, Torrey believed that most slaves would like to remain in America where they were born.