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1837 Abolitionist Movement muffled in New Hampshire  

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1837 Abolitionist Movement muffled in New Hampshire - Manuscript article submitted to an anti-slavery newsletter


Portsmouth, New Hampshire


January 4, 1837


3 pp. + stampless address leaf. To newspaper editor Charles W. Brewster, Portsmouth. Letter signed, "L".

A 600-word article submitted for publication in the Portsmouth Journal, an anti-slavery newspaper of which Brewster (1802-1869) was editor. While southern Congressmen sought to ban discussion of anti-slavery petitions in Washington, New Hampshire abolitionists believed the state’s Democratic Governor had sanctioned legislative efforts to legally muffle their vocal movement: “…Our State Legislature seem so far to have forgotten their dignity (if they ever had any) as to resort to the most contemptible means to express disapprobation of Abolition Movements… when the Free-Will Baptists petitioned for an Act of Incorporation for their establishment at Dover, it was rejected… a Member from Portsmouth with as much dignity and gravity as though the… defence of ‘Southern institutions’ rested on him…rose and announced that he could not conscientiously vote for the measure because the religious paper under the direction of the petitioners occasionally had an article favoring Abolitionism…in the present Session the use of the Representatives Hall was requested for a lecture on slavery… which request was laid on the table… And this too in a state where the genius of the Constitution is radically opposed to slavery…Though the manner in the above mentioned cases to censure Abolitionists be utterly despicable and would be treated even by high minded Southerners with disdain, the spirit which prompted and the precedent established would virtually strike a death blow at the roots of freedom and political equality…”

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A few tiny holes, some yellowing; very good.

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