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1 Von Holst says (vol. III. pp. 554, 555): ‘The law was so hideous that it called forth from the friends of freedom a cry of indignation and rage,’ and ‘no other single measure did so much to convince the North of the necessity of breaking the power of the slavocracy, so much to steel the nerves and hearts of the people for the final struggle.’ The Act repealing this law was signed by President Lincoln, June 28, 1864. Sumner carried the repeal in the Senate against Democratic and some Republican resistance. Works, vol. VIII. pp. 403-418.
2 The venerable Josiah Quincy addressed a letter to the meeting, expressing sympathy with its purpose. Sumner was appointed one of the legal committee for the protection of alleged fugitives. On the committee also were S. E Sewall, Dana, John C. Park, and William Minot. They called C. G. Loring to their aid.
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