Not long before I left the city two persons were arrested in Milwaukee, under the Fugitive Slave Law [of 1850], for having assisted the escape of slaves. A meeting of sympathy was called in Syracuse, and speeches were made and resolutions adopted. His honor the mayor presided, and made a speech on taking the chair. He stated that he had always been conservative, but he could not endure the Fugitive Slave Law. He had heard much said about the Under-ground Railroad, but he was now in favor of laying the track above ground and he was willing to help defend it there.
--Autobiography of the Rev. Luther Lee