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There will be a public meeting in the Congregation Meeting-house in Shelburne,
on Friday next, Dec. 22d, at 11 o'clock A. M. on the subject of Slavery. An
address will be delivered on the martyrdom of Lovejoy. Several gentlemen from
different parts of the County will engage in a discussion of various topics
connected with Slavery, viz. Annexation of Texas to the Union- Bible argument
respecting Slavery. The right, interest and duty of the free States to meddle
with Slavery. The meeting is designed for a free and candid expression of views,
and the citizens of the County are invited to attend and engage in the discussion.
The day designated, is the one recommended by the National Anti-Slavery Society,
to be observed by the friends of freedom throughout the Union in commemoration
of the tragic scene at Alton. The day is well selected. It is the Anniversary
of the landing of those noble men on Plymouth rock, who chose the wilderness
with liberty, before England's fair fields and populous cities with
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Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837) was a Presbyterian minister in St. Louis, Missouri. He began publishing a religious newspaper, The St. Louis Observer, and advocating the abolition of slavery. He moved to Alton, Illinois, in July, 1836 after his press was attacked by a mob. He actively supported the Anti-Slavery Society of Illinois, which enraged many of the citizens. Even after three presses had been destroyed, he continued to publish the Alton Observer. On November 7, 1837, a mob attacked the warehouse where a new press was being stored, and Lovejoy was killed. This article reports on a meeting to be held in Shelburne in response to this episode which helped galvanize the anti-slavery movement. The Gazette & Mercury was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 27, 1837 to July 13, 1841, when it changed its name to the Gazette & Courier.
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"Slavery Notice" article from Gazette and Mercury newspaper
| publisher Greenfield Gazette and Mercury
| date Dec 19, 1837
| location Greenfield, Massachusetts
| width 3.5"
| height 3.5"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| accession # #L05.022
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