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Title: The Branded Hand.
Imprint: [Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio: Office of the Anti-Slavery Bugle, 1845 ]
An offprint of the Anti-Slavery Bugle, Salem, Ohio, No. 9 , p. -34, devoted to the story of Jonathan Walker, 1799-1878, who resided in Florida from 1836 to 1841. He moved to Massachusetts because he did not want to raise his children in the "poisonous influence of slavery." In 1844 he returned to Florida and was persuaded to bring several of the blacks formerly in his employ back to Massachusetts and freedom. He was captured, seized, branded S.S.-slave stealer, fined $150.00, and imprisoned for eleven months. James Greenleaf Whittier's poem, "The Branded Hand," Philadelphia, 1845, later collected in "Voices of Freedom," 1846, and James Russell Lowell's, "Lines on Reading of the Capture of Certain Fugitive Slaves near Washington," comprise almost the entire text.
American Antiquarian Society notes: Caption title. At head of title: No. 9. Read and circulate.
This is BAL printing B, issue b. On p. , 4th line up reads "… Than its traces never yet". On p. 34, line 1 of the final stanza reads "And the tyrants of the slave land …"
"The branded hand. By John G. Whittier."--p. -34, in verse.
"Lines, by James Russell Lowell, on reading of the capture of certain fugitive slaves near Washington."--p. 35-36, in verse.
"The Anti-slavery bugle is published every Friday at Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio. … Benjamin S. Jones and J. Elizabeth Hitchcock, editors; Jas. Barnaby, Jr., general agent. Copies of this tract can be had gratis, by applying at the office of the Bugle. …"--p. 36.
"Anti-slavery publications. J. Elizabeth Hitchcock has just received, and has now for sale at her boarding house, Sarah Galbreath