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[114] from his window in the third story upon a pile of mattresses to be placed below, a carriage being placed in readiness to take him away. . . . We were not sure that Sims would have the courage to do this, rather than go back to certain slavery. . . . At any rate the mattresses were got and placed in a lawyer's office in Court Square. Great pains were taken to keep the plan a secret and I well remember the sinking of the heart with which I saw, on walking through Court Square on the evening planned for the enterprise, that masons were at work putting iron bars in the window of Sims' cell. The whole plan was thus frustrated.

In this despairing mood the ardent young Abolitionist found some comfort in the attitude of his fellow clergymen, for he wrote:—

I heard from Sam Longfellow a few weeks since that he was thinking of leaving Fall River. Among “settled” divines the game of Puss-in-the-corner seems growing harder and hotter. The Fugitive Slave Law has mightily stimulated it. But how finely our “Unitarian” brethren have done and are doing, on that point. It shows the clergy to be a grade above politicians, after all, that the capitalists have less power to muzzle the Reverends than the Honorables. Perhaps you read an editorial of mine in the “Commonwealth,” some 2 months ago, on Sims' case. It was Dr. Walker who said to me, apropos de Sims, that if these things continued ‘the pulpit would become a refuge for scoundrels!’ Don't of course

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