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Nathaniel Booth Story Note: Federal Fugitive Slave Bill passed September 18, 1850 American Citizen - Lowell, Massachusetts October 2, 1850 MANSTEALERS IN LOWELL! We understand that one or more persons were in this city yesterday for the purpose of capturing Mr. Nathaniel Booth, the barber, who has a shop near the Washington House, a very respectable man, who has been in this city for some years (note: first appears in 1844). Mr. Booth was formerly a slave in Virginia. He is now in Montreal, and his friends yesterday telegraphed to him that he had better remain there for the present. We hope, however, he will return to the city, for we think there are MEN enough in Lowell who believe in the "higher law," to protect him against all efforts of the manstealers. In the meanwhile we recommend to all persons, who come to Massachusetts on that business of the account of Haynau's excursion to the London Brewery. *************** Lowell Advertiser - Lowell, Massachusetts October 5, 1850 FREE SOIL MEETING The meeting at the City Hall last evening was well attended. Mr. Julian, who was expected to address the meeting, was absent for reasons unknown. The audience was address by Gen. Henry Wilson, and Mr. Stansbury, editor of the Burlington, Vt. Courier. Short speeches were also made by S.P. Adams, W.S. Robinson, and C.L. Knapp - the former made a motion to the effect that all colored people, who had left the city from fear of being captured, should be telegraphed home, and the people of Lowell - would see to it that they protected - he expressed himself willing to suffer death rather than let a fugitive slave be caught when it was within his power to prevent it. The motion was unanimously accepted. Gen. Wilson called on all the colored people to arm themselves to the tooth against any invasions of their rights. The meeting was quite enthusiastic. *************** American Citizen - Lowell, Massachusetts December 19, 1850 Mr. N. Booth, of this city, who fled to Canada to escape the tender mercies of the Fugitive Slave Law, has retuned, and is now engaged at Mr. Barth's Barber's Shop, adjoining the American House. The Courier, by the way, makes a slight error in relation to Mr. Booth. It says that the Free Soil meeting at City Hall sent a telegraphic dispatch to him to remain in Canada. The message was, on the contrary, to return to Lowell, where he would be protected by the citizens. We trust the spirit of the people has been sufficiently manifested, that it will be entirely safe for him and all other men who have been merely guilty of stealing themselves, to remain just where their business calls them. *************** Weekly Journal and Courier - Lowell, Massachusetts April 7, 1851 PURCHASE OF SLAVES FREEDOM We understand that that Mr. Booth, the colored barber, and a fugitive, who went to Canada some time since and returned after a brief sojourn there, is in a fair way of receiving his freedom papers. A day or two since, his owner in Virginia wrote to the Hon. Linus Child, that unless Booth's freedom were purchased, he should be compelled to adopt legal measures for his surrender. He stated that he was worth $1,500 to him, but that, under the circumstances, he would take much less. He was finally induce to say he would relinquish his claim for $700. Accordingly, on Saturday, a paper was drawn up by I.W. Beard, Esq., who heading it up with $25, and about fifty were obtained without taking it out of the entry. We hear that it will be taken round today by some one, and we presume the requisite sum will be obtained in the course of a few days. The subscriptions are payable to Mr. Child, and they will not be called for unless the whole shall be raised. An opportunity is here presented for the exercise of a little practical philanthropy on the part of our abolitionists, which of course, they will not allow to pass unimproved. ***************


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Martha Mayo, Massachusetts,
martha_mayo@uml.edu