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[177] its making him a stronger reformer in the lines into which she had guided him, the effect seemed rather to lie the other way. “The natural Tory” 1 in him, as he described an innate instinct to Hughes, in 1874, seemed to come uppermost; her death made him a recluse, and he appeared to shrink from all associations that recalled her memory too keenly. For a few years he allowed his name to remain on the list of vice-presidents of the Anti-Slavery Society, but that was all. During the long period of the fugitive slave cases, the Kansas troubles, and the John Brown excitement, I can remember nothing that seemed to identify him seriously with the party of agitation, except that once, on meeting me when I was under indictment after the Anthony Burns affair, in 1854, he put his hand on my head, and said, rather approvingly, “This is a traitor's head.” Perhaps he only did it on the general principle announced by Scott in “Rob Roy,” that treason has been in all ages accounted the crime of a gentleman. I have since learned from Mr. F. B. Sanborn that Lowell thought of recalling

1 Lowell's “Letters,” I. p. 136.

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