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I would not have a slave to till my ground.
At one time he wrote: The South will say, in less than one hundred years, Who shall deliver us from the body of this death?
His memorandum-books contain numerous passages showing his sympathy with the antislavery movement.
At one time he recorded his conviction that Congress ought to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia.
He denounced the proslavery riots which took place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Alton.
Indeed, there was no topic on which he was more thoughtful and earnest.
His relation to an attempted reclamation of some fugitive slaves deserves a record.
On July 30, 1836, two colored women, alleged to be slaves, were held on board a brig in Boston Harbor, by one Turner, the agent of a Maryland slaveholder, with the intent to carry them to that State.
On that day, a writ of habeas corpus was granted, at the instance of some philanthropic persons.
A deputy-sheriff served the writ o