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C. M. K. Glen to Frederick Douglass, September 22, 1851



MACEDON, Sept. 22, 1851.

FRIEND DOUGLASS:—I have just read the account of the battle at Christiana, in which the friend of Freedom was victorious. I want to say to you, that I rejoice in the result. I cordially approve the conduct of the negroes, and hope that the blood shed, may be a good investment for freedom. I hold that the right of Revolution belongs to every man, to black, as well as white, that these men had as perfect a right to fight for their liberty as our revolutionary fathers did for theirs, and that any one who should join them in the struggle, should be placed side by side with Lafayette. Do find out the names of the noble men who fell in battle, and give them to the world, that they may descend to posterity with the names of Warren, and the brave patriots who fell on Bunker Hill. The worthies who survive will, I suppose, be put on trial for their lives, for the same crime that immortalized Washington and his fellow-warriors. Can a Jury be found, in any free State, to convict them? I hope not. Will the people of this nation extend the and of friendship and protection to Kossuth and his companions, and hang these men? I covet the honor of sitting in the Jury.

Yours, for getting the boy out of the apple tree by words or grass, if you can, but if not, I am for trying stones;

C. M. K. Glen.


Glen, C. M. K.




E. M. K. Glen to Frederick Douglass. PLSr: Frederick Douglass' Papers, 2 October 1851. Supports slaves’ using force to fight for freedom.


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