January 4, 1856 A letter to Garrison, comes from Charles E. Mickley, writing from Fairfield, Lenawee Co. Michigan.   He reports the proceedings of an Anti-Slavery meeting, knowing that “friends of…

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1856 Anti-Slavery Organizations

February 8, 1856 Under the Refuge of Oppression column, from the Richmond Examiner comes an appeal to invoke the Lynch Law.  “In any other country than this – under any…

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1856 Anti-Abolition

February 22, 1856 In the Refuge of Oppression column, is an article from the Richmond Enquirer, titled The Modern Abomination of Free Schools.  It claims that the “worst of all…

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1856 Anti-Abolition Free Schools

February 22, 1856 The named organization is characterized as “that great incorporated representative of  the popular religion”    “The clergy generally, the deacons, and the weighty and influential brethren, as well…

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1856 Churches

February 22, 1856 A letter to Samuel May, Jr., name of writer and place from which it comes omitted.  In it the writer asks for more copies of The Liberator,…

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1856 Abolition - Southern

1856 Liberator

1856 Liberator

March 14, 1856 A letter from S. Mitchell, Cornville, Maine, addressed to Garrison.  “It seems to me the moment we begin to have any faith or trust in political action,…

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1856 Abolitionists - Political Action

March 14, 1856 A letter from Smith, addressed to “George”, who is fourteen years old, and Smith has seen him smoking.  A strong remonstrance that George is poisoning both body…

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1856 Smith, Gerrit

March 14, 1856 An article tells of a recent Convention, at Glen Haven (no state), advocating reform in Dress for Woman.  “Our object is not to advocate for her positions…

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1856 Females

April 11, 1856 A brief note tells of a recent lecture by Rock. He “spoke about an hour and a quarter, with scarcely any reference to his notes, with entire…

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1856 Rock, John

1856 DeToqueville

April 18, 1856 An item from Atlas, tells of “The Slave Trade in a New Form.  The Journal of Commerce publishes a letter from Swotow, China.  The writer says that…

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1856 Chinese Slave Trade

April 18, 1856 A statement signed by three missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, declaring that “American slavery is among the potent hindrances to the prevalence…

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1856 Churches

April 18, 1856 Under the title Meetings Among The Colored Citizens, is an article telling of the speech by Garnet, in which he has told of his “experience and observation…

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1856 Garnet, Henry Highland

April 25, 1856 From the Liberty Bell for 1856 comes an article by Chapman, excoriating Webster, and describing him as a slave to slave masters, and that, “after twelve years…

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1856 Chapman, Maria Weston Webster, Daniel

1856 Liberator

May 30, 1856 Sumner’s speech, The Crime Against Kansas, is printed here, with numerous articles about the caning incident. Among the articles is one about a Faneuil Hall gathering at…

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1856 Brooks, Preston Sumner, Charles

June 6, 1856 This article, titled, Freedom Demands Separation, recounts a series of events in Kansas, and includes with the caning of Sumner, and includes a petition, which it urges…

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1856 Disunion Petition Drives Sumner, Charles

June 6, 1856 Two articles from the Charleston Mercury, describe public meetings held in Bamberg and in Bishopville, in response to the caning. Here is some of what they record.…

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1856 Brooks, Preston Sumner, Charles

1856 Brooks, Preston Sumner, Charles

1856 Children abolitionists

June 27, 1856 A three-line entry in the paper:  “That good-for-nothing Know-Nothing, Millard Fillmore, arrived  at New York from Europe on Monday last, and received an ovation from his partisans.”

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1856 Filmore, Millard

June 27, 1856 A  brief account of a meeting held in Rev. Mr. Grimes’ church, Southac Street.   Coffin Pitts presides, and John Rock presents a resolution, which is passed, saying…

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1856 Grimes, Leonard Sumner, Charles

June 27, 1856 Under the title, “No Foolish Glorification”, are these words:  “Let the day be observed with sadness and deep solemnity, and for purposes of repentance and restitution; let…

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1856 Fourth of July

July 4, 1856 Here is a letter to Brooks, conveying from its admiring signers, the gift of a golden cane, “in consequence of your recent chastisement of the Senator from…

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1856 Brooks, Preston

1856 Andover Theological Seminary Sumner, Charles

July 18, 1856 An article from the Southern newspaper comments on the caning as the “deserved chastisement of a foul-mouthed demagogue”, and includes reflections on the degree of “personal consideration…

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1856 Sumner, Charles

1856 Brooks, Preston

July 25, 1856 An article from the New York Journal of Commerce tells of the continuing slave trade. “We are informed by the Deputy U. S. Marshalls, that they are…

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1856 Slave Trade

July 25, 1856 A letter comes from  J. F.Cummings, in Kansas.  He tells of his return from Ohio to Lexington, Mo., where he was recognized as an abolitionist, and subsequently…

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1856 Anti-Abolition

1856 Brooks, Preston Sumner, Charles

August 1, 1856 Under the Refuge of Oppression, there is an article with the above title from the Atchison (Kansas) Squatter Sovereign. “More Abolitionists Turned Back.  The Steamer Sultan, having…

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1856 Anti-Abolition

August 1, 1856 Writing from Washington, Brooks, tells of the vote to expel him, and here appeals to his constituents, for a return to Congress.  He includes two extracts from…

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1856 Brooks, Preston Sumner, Charles

August  8, 1856 A speech by Smith, at the Kansas Convention, in Buffalo.  In it, Smith urges a mustering of arms to confront the situation in Kansas, where the Government…

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1856 Kansas Smith, Gerrit

1856 Brooks, Preston

September 5, 1856 The colored citizens met in the vestry of the Twelfth Baptist Church, with John J. Smith, calling the meeting to order.  The meeting resolves to endorse the…

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1856 Rock, John Suffrage

September 12, 1856 Notice that the city will have a holiday on the day when the statue of Franklin is to be “inaugurated”, in front of City Hall, on the…

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1856 Liberator

September 12, 1856 Eight Boston men, including James Freeman Clarke, appeal for clothing to be sent to Kansas, where all is chaos, where the government is at an end, where…

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1856 Clarke, James Freeman Kansas

September 12, 1856 The Springfield Republican tells of a lecture by Anthony, at the close of the session of the Normal School Convention.  Her subject was, “Is it desirable that…

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1856 Females Women rights

1856 Anti-Slavery Organizations Disunion

December 12, 1856 A letter from Webster,  Feb 15th is sent to a Rev. Dr. Furness, who had  written to Webster earlier.  In it Webster recounts his life-long abhorrence of…

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1856 Webster, Daniel

December 26, 1856 Eighty-five names of persons from Worcester and its surrounding area, invite citizens of the state to meet in a Disunion Convention, to be held in Worcester, on…

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1856 Disunion

1856 Brown, William Wells

December 26, 1856 “We shall commence the new volume with a new and handsome typographical dress, not because of an increasing patronage, (for our circulation is still very inadequate),  but…

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1856 Liberator