I have been hospitably entertained by Hamilton Hill, the Treasurer of the Institution, an English gentleman, who formerly resided in London, and is well acquainted with George Thompson and other anti-slavery friends. He is a very worthy man, and his lady is an amiable woman. . . . We dined yesterday with Prof. Hudson, and were invited to dine with Pres. Mahan1 to-day, but could not afford the time. Prof. Morgan called to see us, but my old friend James A. Thome has given us ‘the go-by’—why, I do not know. Among others with whom I2 have become acquainted is Miss Lucy Stone, who has just graduated, and yesterday left for her home in Brookfield, Mass. She is a very superior young woman, and has a soul as free as the air, and is preparing to go forth as a lecturer, particularly in vindication of the rights of woman. Her course here has been very firm and independent, and she has caused no small uneasiness to the spirit of sectarianism in the Institution. But I must throw down my pen, as the carriage is at the door, to take us to Richfield, where we are to have a large3 meeting to-day under the Oberlin tent, which is capable of4 holding four thousand persons.
Salem, Sept. 5, 1847.5 Here I am, under the roof of Benj. S. and E. Jones,6 with a7 company below stairs singing a variety of songs and hymns— the Cowles[es], from Austinburg—while I am trying to do, what I have in vain sought to do since I was at Oberlin—and that is, to finish this letter. Our meetings at Richfield were eminently successful—five thousand present, and the weather superb. We held six meetings in all. Stopped with Dea. Ellsworth, a come-outer. From thence we went to Medina, and held two meetings in the courthouse, which was filled with an intelligent audience. The effect produced, good. We next went to Massillon, and held three meetings in the Tremont Hall, to a respectable and deeply interested assembly. Stopped with R. H. Folger, a talented lawyer and good abolitionist, and a relation of Lucretia Mott. Next we went to Leesburg, the residence of J. W. Walker—a long and tedious ride. Stopped on the way overnight at a
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 : re-formation and Reanimation.— 1841 .
Chapter 2 : the Irish address.— 1842 .
Chapter 3 : the covenant with death. — 1843 .
Chapter 4 : no union with slaveholders! — 1844 .
Chapter 5 : Texas .— 1845 .
Chapter 6 : third mission to England .— 1846 .
Chapter 7 : first Western tour.— 1847 .
Chapter 8 : the Anti-Sabbath Convention .— 1848 .
Chapter 9 : Father Mathew .— 1849 .
Chapter 10 : the Rynders Mob .— 1850 .
Chapter 11 : George Thompson , M. P.— 1851 .
Chapter 12 : Kossuth .— 1852 .
Chapter 13 : the Bible Convention.— 1853 .
Chapter 14 : the Nebraska Bill .— 1854 .
Chapter 15 : the Personal Liberty Law .— 1855 .
Chapter 16 : Fremont .— 1856 .
Chapter 17 : the disunion Convention.— 1857 .
Chapter 18 : the irrepressible Conflict.— 1858 .
Chapter 19 : John Brown .— 1859 .
2 Ante, 1.454; 2.327.
5 Sunday evening.
6 At this time, and for two years longer, editors of the Anti-Slavery Bugle, being succeeded by Oliver Johnson (Lib. 19: 102). Mr. Jones had a poetic knack, sometimes happily employed in characterization of his antislavery colleagues (ante, p. 197).
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