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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VIII: Anthony Burns and the Underground railway (search)
VIII: Anthony Burns and the Underground railway In the mean time the fugitive slave question was seething, and Mr. Higginson wrote to a friend, George William later years to tell the details of this exciting episode. After the escape of Burns, a fugitive slave from Virginia, he had been, according to an old record, in thfew daring men who made the attack on the court-house with the hope of rescuing Burns. The scheme for the rescue was known to only a few of those present at the mch Massachusetts has ever taken. And I am ready to do my share over again. Burns's master agreed to sell him for a certain sum, but after the money was raised, he changed his mind. The day on which Burns was returned to slavery, when he was marched through the streets of Boston guarded by United States troops, was known fo Somewhat later, a Boston policeman named Butman, who had been instrumental in Burns's arrest, went to Worcester to find evidence against those concerned in the rio
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XV: journeys (search)
g North I had for companion the Professor of Poetry of yesterday, Principal Sharp of St. Andrews, whose books have been printed in America, Poetic Interpretation of Nature, etc.—he is a thin Scotch looking man, recalling Eliot Cabot. I did not at first fancy some things about him but about the time we crossed the border we got acquainted. He soon said, Did you ever hear of yarrow? I could hardly help laughing and . . . told him every educated American knew every place mentioned in Scott, Burns or the Border Minstrelsy. July 2. Edinburgh. Had a delightful trip by coach to Roslin. Nobody can be disappointed in Roslin Chapel . . . . I longed for hours of peace there. July 3. Dined with the Massons—his talk about Edinburgh was very interesting. He came here to the University from Aberdeen and says that three of the professors, Wilson (Chr. North) Chalmers and Sir Wm. Hamilton were the three most striking men in appearance that he ever saw. Wilson's hair was yellow, Chalmers'
57. Browning, Robert (son of poet), described, 356. Bryce, James, and Higginson, 325. Burlingame, Anson, on Higginson's speech in Sim's case, 113. Burns, Anthony, a fugitive slave, affair of, 142-46. Butler, General, Benjamin, opposition to statue of, 394. Butman, A. O., 177; riot, 149-51. Cambridge, Mass., eastern lecture trip, 132-34, 316, 317; Lucy Stone, 134-36; attends her wedding, 137; interest in botany, 140; and public reforms, 140, 141; bequest to, 141; and Anthony Burns affair, 142-46; court-house incident, 143, 149; describes excitement in Worcester, 144, 145; preaches sermon Massachusetts in Mourning, 146; arrest of, 146-48;hen H., Higginson becomes tutor in family of, 45-54. Petrarch, Fifteen Sonnets of, 278, 425. Phillips, Wendell, 113, 132; impression of Higginson, 96; and Burns affair, 142; favors disunion, 181; Anti-Slavery speeches at Music Hall, 201-03. Phillips, Mrs., Wendell, on Sims case, 112. Porter, Admiral, 260, 261. Pratt