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houses some very fine.- on the way back
stopped to look at the Fair Grounds where
ladies were skating and at the beginning
of the Catholic Cathedral. though we took
the cars coming down we were very tired,-
I must have a rest in the aft and a
newspaper till dark- - in the eve/ we went
with Sally Gardner to the Anti Slavery meeting
which seemed to me very spiritless and tame.
all sorts of odd looking people there, besides
Negroes & mulattoes.- one black woman
had the finest negro face I ever saw. A large
eye which glowed like a coal.- women with
short petticoats & men with long beards. - somone
little aristocracy which kept itself aloof.- I was
glad to have a chance to see Mrs. Stow.-
a short lively, keen looking woman, and
Mrs. Waldo Emerson gentle & quiet. Ben Lyman
was there. Wendell Phillips spoke for about
15 minutes, told anecdotes in ridicule of Southerners
spoke of the Music Hall as the only Christian
Church with one exception in Boston-
he was listened too but Edmund Quincy
& Mr. Garrison could get no attention.

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In this journal entry, Martha Cochran, casually reports of her day's shopping trip and watching skaters on Boston's Jamaica Pond, before she launches into a report at an "Anti Slavery meeting" in the evening. Although she describes the meeting as "spiritless and tame," Boston's abolition luminaries populated the meeting! She notes that while William Lloyd Garrison "could get no attention," Wendell Philips spoke for fifteen minutes. Cochran appears to have gotten a glimpse of Harriet Beecher Stowe for the first time, describing her as "a short lively, keen looking woman."


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Pages from the diary of Martha Cochran

author   Martha Cochran (1808-1872)
date   c. 1858
location   Boston, Massachusetts
width   6.25"
height   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Diary
accession #   #L05.020

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