From the HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF THE ESSEX INSTITUTE, Vol.
XXIV, p. 81.
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Slaveholding had been stopped for a long time in New England when Robert Rantoul, presented his paper on "Negro Slavery in Massachusetts" for a Beverly, Massachusetts audience in 1833. Earlier hopes that this 'Peculiar Institution' would fade away grew dimmer as slavery grew stronger than ever in the South.