The Branded Hand. [Caption title] [No. 9.] Read and Circulate. John Greenleaf Whittier, James Russell Lowell.

The Branded Hand. [Caption title] [No. 9.] Read and Circulate.

Salem, Oh. Anti-Slavery Bugle, [1845]. [33-36] pp. 8vo. Self wrappers. First edition. Very good+, trimmed at bottom edge, faint soiling at edges. BAL 21740 printing B, issue b & 13050. Morgan: Ohio Imprints 51. See LCP. Afro-Americana, 2nd ed. Suppl. 561. Item #36335

Contains Whittier's poem 'The Branded Hand' and Lowell's 'Lines on reading of the Capture of certain fugitive Slaves near Washington. The illustration of a slave's hand branded with the initials SS is after a famous daguerreotype by Southworth and Hawes. It is the story of Jonathan Walker, 1799-1878, who resided in Florida from 1836 to 1841. He moved to Massachusetts because he did not want to raise his children in the "poisonous influence of slavery." In 1844 he returned to Florida and was persuaded to bring several of the blacks formerly in his employ back to Massachusetts and freedom. He was captured, seized, branded S.S.-slave stealer, fined $150.00, and imprisoned for eleven months. "The Branded Hand," Philadelphia, 1845, was later collected in "Voices of Freedom," 1846.

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