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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 3. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Anti-Slavery Poems (search)
l along manifested a peculiar horror of ‘niggers’ and ‘nigger parties.’ heard with awe The Congo minstrels playing; At Pittsfield Reuben Leavitt The justice before whom Elder Storrs was brought for preaching abolition on a writ drawn by Hon. M. N., Jr., of Pittsfield. The sheriff served the writ while the elder was praying. saw The ghost of Storrs a-praying; And Carroll's woods were sad to see, With black-winged crows a-darting; And Black Snout looked on Ossipee, New-glossed with Day and Martin. We thought the ‘ Old Man of the Notch’ His face seemed changing wholly— His lips seemed thick; his nose seemed flat; His misty hair looked woolly; And Coos teamsters, shrieking, fled From the metamorphosed figure. ‘Look there!’ they said, “the Old Stone Head Himself is turning nigger!” The schoolhouse, The academy at Canaan, N. H., received one or two colored scholars, and was in consequence dragged off into a swamp by Democratic teams. out of Canaan hauled Seemed turn