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Chapter 7: the shadow of slavery Dana and Lincoln human Restlessness and divine Providence early views of the tribune lecture on slavery at Chicago Ericsson's caloric engine principles of Dana and Greeley the blue pencil It is said that a few years before the beginning of this decade, Abraham Lincoln, in his
icit declaration of principles, there is nothing in it to show that Dana had yet become an abolitionist.
From a letter to James Pike, it appears that he went to Chicago on June 22, 1852, to be gone a week, and while there delivered a lecture on slavery, the manuscript of which, in his own well-known handwriting, is now in my poss we were constantly face to face with slavery and those who upheld it, I never heard him utter a word in opposition to the sentiments and opinions contained in his Chicago lecture.
He had no word of blame or even of criticism for the Southern people who had inherited slavery from their ancestors.
He was always kind and considerate