John Brown: A Retrospect

Read before The Worcester Society of Antiquity, Dec. 2, 1884.

Author: Alfred S. Roe
Published: 1884
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,547 / 34 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.6
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Downloads: 404
Added to site: 2009.02.12
mnybks.net#: 23411
Genre: History
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whole ante-bellum period. Catching the spirit of his brother's words, he said: "Resolved, That Massachusetts wears no chains and spurns all bribes; that Massachusetts now, and will ever go, for free soil and free men, for free lips and a free press, for a free land and a free world." This was a good key-note, and when, six years later, in 1854 a slave-catcher came to this same city of Worcester, the citizens proved that they could raise the tune most readily; and the would-be man-stealer was only too happy to march to its measures out of the city, without his booty, and possessed of a whole skin. Mr. Jankins, the object of Butman, the kidnapper's cupidity, during these intervening thirty years, has continued to live in this city, a respectable and respected citizen; and has seen his children in the highest schools of the city. One, having graduated from the High School, is now in the Normal School. What a comment this, on the times when, in this Christian land, men and women were imprisoned

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