Free the Slaves

Parson Brownlow, in his address a the Michigan State Fair, in Detroit, said: –“Regarding Mr. Lincoln’s proclamation I will say, that if he means to free the slaves of Rebels in arms, and pay loyal men for them, I am for it out and out.  (Enthusiastic applause)  I think the proclamation well-timed, and fortunate at this moment.  If it had been made a month or six weeks later, the Rebels would have made a proposition themselves to England to take their negroes and colonize them, and I thank God that Old Abe has taken the starch out of them.”

                      (Liberator, Oct 17,. 1862, pg3)