30 January 2017

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

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