Stephen S. Foster, anti-slavery lecture in Portland protested

Mr. Stephen S. Foster, an anti-slavery lecturer from New Hampshire has been delivering several addresses in Portland, on the subjects of anti-slavery, temperance, and peace  ….. The place was thronged with citizens… Some boys, and a few young upstarts with whitish down just sprouting on their chins, stationed themselves near the door, and made such a noise that the lecturer found it impossible to proceed, and was compelled to adjourn the meeting…. Several persons ‘of the baser sort’, attempted to get up an excitement by cries of  ‘throw him over’ …’down with him’.  But we are happy to say that the people of Portland had too much respect for the character  of their city to respond to their call…”(Liberator, Sept 30, 1842, pg 3)

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