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    [Frederick Douglass] Abolitionist Paper A Voice from the Jail. Four pages, 10.5" x 14", December 25, 1842, Newburyport Jail, published "at the jail in Newburyport, Mass by Thomas Parnell Beach, who is confined in that prison for opening his mouth in behalf of two and a half million of his enslaved fellow-men." The paper contains articles, letters, and essays extolling the right to free speech, which Beach was denied. Page one contains information about an upcoming anti-slavery "Rally!!!" on "January 4th and 5th, 1843" at Milford, New Hampshire. The rally, known as the "Beach Anti-Slavery Meeting", was being held to "let a voice like a tempest, go forth from the Milford Convention, that shall make those cowardly organizations and clergy, who trample rough-shod upon three millions of human beings, shake like aspen leaves. . . . By your love for three millions of enslaved brothers and sisters. . . . Let there be such an Anti-Slavery gathering as has never been witnessed in the Granite State. . . . Let the thundering eloquence of [Frederick] DOUGLASS and [Charles Lenox] REMOND, and the soul-stirring tale of [George W.] LATIMER, united to break the death-like slumbers of the Granite State!"

    Thomas Parnell Beach, a minister who was placed in jail for his anti-slavery rhetoric at a Quaker service, was released from jail before the January 1843 rally and was able to attend. This rare issue is Vol. 1, No. 3, of which 3,000 original copies were originally printed. Slight uneven toning and light soiling occurs on page one. Some weakness at fold intersections; still, paper is in near fine condition.


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