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
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 724 - ... the general assembly and church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven...
Page 563 - 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 110 - ... might be watching and listening. When they were all safely inside and the door fastened, 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...
Page 698 - Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my little ones, ye have done it unto me!
Page 242 - I received several communications *rom them which expressed the same brotherly feelings. Eight years afterward London Yearly Meeting issued an address to the President of the United States and the governors of the various States in America, on the subject of slavery. William Forster, that noble anti-slavery Christian minister, volunteered to carry the address and visit all the governors and heads of departments in our Government.
Page 675 - "That the thanks of this meeting are due, and are hereby given to Alexander Parker, Esq., for his kindness and courtesy while presiding at this meeting, and for the valuable assistance which he has given to this cause. " JOHN BARRINGTON, Chairman. " JONATHAN PIM, )
Page 35 - ... indeed it seemed to us that we had about reached the end of our tether. Even if we had been inclined to abandon the object of our search, which, shadow as it was, was by no means the case, it was ridiculous to think of forcing our way back some seven hundred miles to the coast in our present plight ; so we came to the conclusion that the only thing to be done was to stop where we were — the natives being so well disposed and food plentiful — for the present, and abide events and try to collect...
Page 558 - 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 563 - 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. If in her deep maternal love she felt the impulse to send her child back to God, to save it from coming woe, who shall say she had no right to do so...
Page 502 - Perhaps the woman was innocent. I have known instances where the master or the overseer was the guilty one. A slave woman has no power to protect herself; according to your law, her body belongs, not to herself, but to some one else, and is subject to the will of the master or overseer. It may be that thou hast punished the innocent. This good book which I hold in my hand says that we should do to others as we would have others do to us.

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