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INTERESTING MEETING.

FROM The Liberator, 27 April 1849.


NEWBURYPORT, April 16th, 1849.

FRIEND GARRISON:

I take my pen to give you a short account of our friend Brown's visit to this place; accompanied by the Georgia fugitives, (not from justice, but from injustice.) They held a meeting in the Court Street meeting-house, (Elder Pike's,) on Fast day evening, which was filled to its utmost capacity—eight or nine hundred persons being present. A great many were unable to obtain admittance. Friend Brown made some very stirring remarks before introducing friend Craft and his companion, which related principally to their escape from the prison-house of slavery. Mrs. Craft was then introduced to the audience, and gave a very particular account of their escape. It was told in so simple and artless a manner, as must have carried conviction to the mind of every one present. Their plans were well arranged, and, as the result has proved, successfully carried out. Friend Brown made a few more remarks, after which a collection was taken up. The audience then dispersed after a few anti-slavery songs by Mr Brown, highly gratified with what they had heard and seen.

I have not much doubt but that public sentiment would protect our friends, law or no law; but still, I cannot but think it exceedingly unwise in making public their mode of escape, as it will cause slaveholders to be on their guard. Mr. Brown always speaks to great acceptance in this place, and there is not one who will draw larger audiences than he; when he comes this way again, we hope to give him a larger house and a larger audience.

Yours for the emancipation of the slave, whether the Union is severed or not,

JOHN L. LORD.

Titles by William Wells Brown and William Craft