April 7, 1843 Here is a notice addressed to the friends of Liberty who want to help those in flight from the southern institution …”Those who can afford shelter or…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1843 Nell, William Cooper Runaway slaves

September 15, 1848 An account of a convention, held at the Unitarian Church, in the city of Rochester, August 12. During the convention, W.C. Nell reads an address which he…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1848 Mott, Lucretia Nell, William Cooper Women rights

July  27, 1849 When the pitcher is presented, it is not clear who was the chairman of the occasion, but probably Hilton, who said of Garrison,  “We cannot compensate him,…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1849 Colored support for Garrison Hilton, John T. Nell, William Cooper

September 21, 1849 An article signed, “W.C.N.”, (William Cooper Nell) regrets the action of the School Committee, which has voted to continue the separate Smith School. They have acted, in…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1849 Nell, William Cooper Separate schools Smith School

April 5, 1850 Report of a crowded meeting at Belknap Street church, protesting Webster’s speech.  William Nell presents resolutions against Webster; others present include Coffin Pitts, John Hilton, George Washington,…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1850 Hilton, John T. Nell, William Cooper Pitts, Coffin Webster, Daniel

* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1850 Fugitive Slave Laws Hayden, Lewis Nell, William Cooper

March 5, 1852 A letter from Nell, from Rochester, N.Y., dated Feb 19, 1852, addressed to Esteemed Friend Garrison, is “sent by way of most grateful remembrance”.  Nell yearns to…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1852 Fugitive Slave Laws Nell, William Cooper

December 10, 1852 A letter from Wm. C. Nell, to “Esteemed Friend Garrison”, tells of a series of public meetings “under the auspices of colored citizens ranking with the Free…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1852 Free Soil Part Nell, William Cooper

January 21, 1853 Readers have called to their attention the second edition of Nell’s Services of Colored Americans in the Wars of 1776 and 1812. Notices are carried in the…

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June 10, 1853 Nell, Sarah Remond, and Caroline Putnam are denied entrance to an opera, though they have tickets. A court case is heard by Judge Russell, who finds against…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1853 Discrimination Nell, William Cooper Remond, Lenox

* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1853 Colored Convention Colored support for Garrison Nell, William Cooper

September 2, 1853 A communication from William C. Nell, written to Garrison, in which Nell includes a letter to Douglass.  Nell indicates that Douglass has “misrepresented my sayings and doings…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1853 Douglass, Frederick Nell, William Cooper Remond, Lenox

September 16, 1853 The letter is to Garrison, from Putnam, in Lynn. Putnam complains that Nell’s assertion that he, Putnam, is disaffected toward the MASS is an “utter disregard of…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1853 Nell, William Cooper Putnam, George W.

* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1854 Nell, William Cooper Separate schools

May 5, 1854 Notice that William C. Nell has “just executed, by Grozelier, a likeness of Mr. Garrison, in the same style as that recently issued of Mr. Sumner, “giving…

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August 18, 1854 Here is a Report of the Committee on Public Instruction, presented to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, May 22.  There is discussion of the exclusion from…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1854 Nell, William Cooper Separate schools

November 10, 1854 Here is an account of the case brought by Mr. Pindall, whose son has been ejected from a school on grounds of his color.  The decision affirms…

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* ALL ARTICLES CHRONOLOGICALLY 1854 Nell, William Cooper Petition Drives Separate schools

1855 Nell, William Cooper

August 17, 1855 William Cooper Nell has an article about the last days of the separate school, the Smith School.  The article notes the “lack of zeal for examination day,…

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1855 Nell, William Cooper Separate schools Smith School

November 26, 1855 Here is notice of a pamphlet, now available, which contains the speeches made at the time of the twentieth anniversary of the Mob of “Gentlemen of Property…

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1855 Anti-Abolition Hilton, John T. Nell, William Cooper

December 7, 1855 William Cooper Nell writes an account of the Convention, held in Philadelphia. Amos Beman presides, and speakers include Remond, M’Clune Smith, Robert Purvis, and Frederick Douglass.  A…

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1855 Colored Convention Nell, William Cooper

December 14, 1855 William Cooper Nell culls from The Liberator, some memories of what Garrison has said and stood for.  , “showing that, from his first advocacy of anti-slavery to…

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1855 Garrison public personality Nell, William Cooper

December 28, 1855 The story of a presentation to Nell for his efforts on behalf of Equal School Rights.  The gathering is at the Southac Street church, and includes, a…

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1855 Nell, William Cooper Separate schools Smith School

January 16, 1857 Continuing coverage of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Society, includes a speech by William C. Nell.  In his speech there is a reference to Heyrick. “Among the…

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1857 Anti-Slavery Society - New England Heyrick, Elizabeth Nell, William Cooper

1857 Dred Scott Decision Nell, William Cooper

January 21, 1859 As a memorial signed by William Cooper Nell, is brought before the Legislature, asking for the vindication and protection of the rights of colored citizens. Rep. Mr.…

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1859 Anti-Abolition Massachusetts Legislature Nell, William Cooper

1859 Brown, William Wells Colored Convention Hayden, Lewis Nell, William Cooper

1860 Boston Massacre Nell, William Cooper Rock, John

1861 Nell, William Cooper

June 24, 1864 This article tells of a gathering at “the colored church of which Rev. Leonard Grimes is the pastor.  They assembled to present Gov. Andrew with a portrait…

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1864 Andrew, John Brown, William Wells Nell, William Cooper

October 7, 1864 William Cooper Nell writes to Garrison, and includes portions of letters he has received from four colored soldiers.  “They contain a record of aspirations cherished, heroic deeds…

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1864 Military - Colored Nell, William Cooper

March 24, 1865 The ninety-fifth Anniversary of the martyrdom of Attucks, was celebrated in a large gathering.  William Cooper Nell was among several speakers.  Among others recognized is John S.…

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1865 Nell, William Cooper