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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, V. The fugitive slave epoch (search)
less filled with prophetic zeal, I took an inhuman advantage of Butman, and gave him a discourse on the baseness of his whole career which would perhaps have made my reputation as a pulpit orator had my congregation consisted of more than one, or had any modern reporter been hidden under the cushions. Being overtaken a mile or two out of town by Lovell Baker, the city marshal, with a fast team such as Butman had dreaded, the man was transferred to him, and was driven by him, not merely to Grafton, but at Butman's urgent request to Boston and through the most unfrequented streets to his home. I meanwhile returned peacefully to Worcester, pausing only at the now deserted station to hunt up my wife's india-rubber overshoes, which I was carrying to be mended when the dmeute broke out, and which I had sacrificed as heroically as I had nearly relinquished my umbrella at the Boston Court-House. The Burns affair was the last actual fugitive slave case that occurred in Massachusetts, alt