Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad: Being a Brief History of the Labors of a Lifetime in Behalf of the Slave, with the Stories of Numerous Fugitives, who Gained Their Freedom Through His Instrumentality, and Many Other Incidents

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R. Clarke & Company, 1880 - Fugitive slaves - 730 pages
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This work presents an in-depth look at the life's work of Levi Coffin, the abolitionist who assisted thousands of slaves through the Underground Railroad. Coffin and his wife were Quakers and were deeply dedicated to their aid in helping the slaves escape to freedom, even though it threatened their lives many times.
 

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Page 732 - ... the general assembly and church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven...
Page 565 - Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee: he shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best : thou shalt not oppress him.
Page 565 - I thought the spirit she manifested was the same with that of our ancestors to whom we had erected the monument at Bunker Hill — the spirit that would rather let us all go back to God than back to slavery. The faded faces of the negro children tell too plainly to what degradation female slaves must submit. Rather than give her little daughter to that life, she killed it.
Page 112 - I would cover the windows, strike a light, and build a good fire. By this time my wife would be up and preparing victuals for them, and in a short time the cold and hungry fugitives would be made comfortable. I would accompany the conductor of the train to the stable and care for the horses that had, perhaps, been driven twenty-five or thirty miles that night through the cold and rain. The fugitives would rest on pallets before the fire the rest of the night. Frequently wagonloads of passengers from...
Page 732 - ... they that be wise shall shine as the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Page 717 - I stand, by my own confession, as a criminal in the eyes of your violated laws, yet I feel confident that I am addressing those who have hearts to feel, and in meting out the punishment that I am about to suffer, I hope you will be lenient, for it is a new situation inwhichlam placed.
Page 560 - At this moment, Margaret Garner, seeing that their hopes of freedom were vain seized a butcher knife that lay on the table, and with one stroke cut the throat of her little daughter, whom she probably loved the best. She then attempted to take the life of the other children and to kill herself, but she was overpowered and hampered before she could complete her desperate work.
Page 623 - ... of fire, and sat upon each of them ; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost...
Page 616 - I have not seen half a dozen who did not damn the President. You may put all the pure Unionism in Kentucky into one scale, and a ten-pound nigger baby in the other, and the Unionism will kick the beam.' "Before leaving, the old jurist condemned the President's proclamation ; declared that it had no bearing upon Kentucky, and that it was the policy of generals commanding our armies to ignore both the action of Congress and the proclamation. "From our lines the old gentleman drew a very straight line...
Page 5 - ... Garden settlers were soon reinforced by other immigrants who also came from old Quaker stock. These were the settlers from Nantucket Island, Mass. This movement began in 1771, and Libni Coffin was the first Nantucket man to arrive at New Garden. We get some particulars from the life of Elijah Coffin: " The island of Nantucket being small, and its soil not very productive, a large number of people could not be supported thereupon. . . . The population of the island still increasing, many of the...

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