away their votes-so it was charged — in a “third party” movement that seemed to be a hopeless venture.
Another inducement to the writer to take up the cause of the Abolitionists is the fact that he has always been proud to class himself as one of them.
He came into the world before Abolitionism, by that name, had been heard of; before the first Abolition Society was organized; before William Lloyd Garrison
founded his Liberator
, and before (not the least important circumstance) John Quincy Adams
He cannot remember when the slavery question was not discussed.
His sympathies at an early day went out to the slave.
He informed himself on the subject as well as a farmer boy might be expected to do in a household that received the most of its knowledge of current events from the columns of one weekly newspaper.
He cast his first vote for the ticket of the Abolitionists while they were yet a “third party.”
The community in which he then lived, although in the free State of Ohio
, was strongly pro-slavery, being not far from the Southern
The population was principally from Virginia
There were a few Abolitionists, and they occasionally tried to hold public meetings, but the gatherings were always broken up by mobs.
The writer very well remembers the satisfaction with which he, as a schoolboy, was accustomed to hear that there was to be another Abolition “turnout.”
The occasion was certain to afford considerable excitement that was dear to the heart of a boy, and it had another recommendation.