William Wells Brown speaks

On Monday evening, the friends of the Anti-Slavery movement had the pleasure of listening to some eloquent remarks upon the subject of slavery by Mr. Wm. Wells Brown, formerly a slave; but now one of the most eloquent speakers of the times upon that subject.  Mr. Brown has travelled some years in Europe, and is every way a gentleman, and seems to have overcome all the debasing effects of slavery, at least in his own person.  He held the audience for nearly two hours breathless. His dignity of manner, his propriety of expression were more than we had expected to see in one who had spent the early part of his life as a slave.  He was not wanting in wit either, as the frequent laughter of the audience could testify.

He was followed by another colored man, also of the name of Brown, who has lately escaped from the grasp of slavery. He told his story in a homely way but effective, as the many tears of the audience showed.  Some were inclined to doubt the truth of the narrative; but the joy and happiness expressed by him when speaking of his humble home in
Canada could not have been feigned.  — Newbury, Vt., Aurora of the Valley.

                                (Liberator, Oct. 19, 1855, pg 3)