Anthony Burns

July 30, 1858

William Cooper Nell provides a false statement from the Virginia Herald, which says that Burns is now in the Penitentiary of Mass., convicted of robbery.  Nell indicates that he has shown the article to Burns, who is in Boston on “free, honest business”, and Burns  greets the article with a laugh.  Nell condemns this “unmitigated falsehood in the case of Anthony Burns”, and goes on to say:  “Is not Anthony Burns more of a man than he who claimed him as property?…Let those who have consciences not yet seared by pro-slavery preaching, North or South, answer.”