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HAYDEN, Lewis and William Nell
[Broadside]: Declaration of Sentiments of the Colored Citizens of Boston, on the Fugitive Slave Bill!!!
Printed [by George C. Jenks] at no. 86 Hanover Street, 1850. Near Fine. Unbound. Broadside. Measuring 16" x 23". Includes an "Address to the Clergy of Massachusetts." Some modest offsetting and toning, narrow chip at one fold, slightly affecting four words in two lines at the margin, else a nice, crisp and near fine copy. According to the text "... the Friends of Freedom rallied at Belknap Street Church, on Friday evening, October 5th, 1850, a vast concourse, including fugitives and their friends were in attendance... ." It is signed in type by both Hayden and Nell. William C. Nell was a noted black author and abolitionist, and a fierce opponent of the Fugitive Slave Law. He wrote for *The Liberator* and later published *The North Star*, and created the Committee of Vigilance in Boston, whose members swore to aid escaped slaves against enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Bill. He was the first black man to hold a job in the Civil Service of the U.S., and wrote several important works of African-American history. Lewis Hayden was an escaped slave from Kentucky who became a lecturer, politician, and abolitionist who worked for the American Anti-Slavery Society and maintained a stop on the Underground Railroad. According to the *American National Biography*: "After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Hayden worked tirelessly to fight its enforcement... As a member of the executive board of the Boston Vigilance Committee, which was created to aid and protect fugitive slaves in the city, he often functioned as a liaison between white and black activists, including membe … [Click Below for Full Description]
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