Longfellow Denounced

February 22, 1850

From the Boston Transcript comes comment on the recent Anti-Slavery Convention in Faneuil Hall, during which there was a resolution passed with a censure upon Longfellow, on account of some lines which appear in his poem, “The Building of the Ship”.  (Those lines do not appear here.)  In the Transcript, the resolution was quoted, but it is not here.  The Transcript article claims to “afford a fair index of the minds of those in our own community, whose zeal far exceeds their wisdom, and whose career affords abundant evidence that they cannot tolerate toleration — who demand freedom of conscience, yet refuse to grant it – who execrate persecution, yet persecute as far as their ability extends…”

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