who had hitherto been friendly to them.
In the light of history nothing could have been more futile than the course of their boasted statesmen.
could hardly stand the sight of a fugitive slave marching down to the wharf between files of soldiers to be returned to the questionable mercies of his master.
besought his State to “conquer her own prejudices,” and declared that “anyone can perform an agreeable duty; it is not every man who can perform a disagreeable duty,” a remark which measures the depth of Northern hypocrisy, and shows that on the whole the North
was more contemptible, if not more wicked, than the South
throughout these wretched years.
disgraced his State, New York, by signing the Fugitive Slave Bill
in 1850, although, if he had vetoed it, there was a chance of defeating it on its second passage.
Six thousand Negroes at once fled from the miscalled free States across the border into Canada
and found freedom on British soil.
When Wendell Phillips
and Theodore Parker
addressed a mass-meeting at Faneuil Hall to protest against the return of a captured slave, Judge B. R. Curtis
, who hoped to obtain the post of chief justice from the slave power, and was in fact one of the greatest of living jurists, urged the grand jury to indict them as “obstructing the process of the ”