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ing beyond its letter as well as its spirit. Ticknor was firm in his convictions against antislavery agitation. Life, vol. II. pp. 217, 218, 265, 272, 285, 286, 446. When their representative in Congress, separating himself from his Northern associates, voted for the Fugitive Slave law in 1850, he suffered no reproach or loss of support from the mass of his party in the city; and the willing agents in its execution lost no favor, social or political. Longfellow wrote at this time, Sept. 15, 1850, in his diary:— The day has been blackened to me by reading of the passage of the Fugitive Slave bill in the House, Eliot of Boston voting for it. This is a dark disgrace to the city. If we should read in Dino Compagni that in the tenth century a citizen of Florence had given such a vote, we should see what an action he had done. But this the people of Boston cannot see in themselves; they will uphold it. Social pressure was freely brought to bear to enforce conformity in pol