Medford, January 3, 1861.
To the Hon. Lemuel Shaw,--By this mail I send you three pamphlets, for which I ask a candid perusal.
With deep sadness I saw your respected and influential name signed to an address in favor of repealing the Personal Liberty Bill.
I trust you will not deem me disrespectful if I ask whether you have reflected well on all the bearings of this important subject.
Perhaps you may consider me, and those with whom I labor, as persons prone to look only on one side.
Grant that it is so — is it not the neglected side?
is it not the right side?
And are not you yourself, in common with all human beings, liable to look upon things too much from one point of view?
I presume that your social environment is almost entirely conservative; and conservative of habits and stereotyped sayings, rather than of the original principles on which the government of this country was founded.
Have you carefully examined and duly considered the other side?
This mutual agreemen