Autobiography: Memories and Experiences of Moncure Daniel Conway - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XIV.

Divinity School--Anthony Burns, the Fugitive Slave--Rufus Choate-- Miss Davenport's "Colombe"--Mother of Margaret Fuller-- Sylvester Judd--Peripatetic Preaching--Miss Upham's Boarders --My Experience as Proctor--A Curious Theft--Our Spiritualist Classmate Brings Trouble--Anti-slavery Gathering at Framingham, July 4, 1854--"Sojourner Truth "--Thoreau's Speech--Garrison Burns the Constitution.

OUR Fredericksburg and Falmouth community was too small for any youth to fly off from the old paths without exciting attention. There was a good deal of talk, and inquiries were made about Unitarianism. Several citizens of Fredericksburg avowed unorthodox views, and the effect of my aberration was not entirely unfavourable to me.

Of course my old friends, the Methodists, had to face the question whether I was to be damned or not because of my unbelief. The most touching thing to me was that my dear mother searched her Bible with reference to my case, and found it clear that final salvation would come even to Leviathan: "He shall make peace with me." If that "crooked serpent" must be saved her crooked son was safe! I think indeed that in my absence I did something towards bringing other relatives over to grandfather's Universalism.

My Quaker friend William Henry Farquhar came all the way from Sandy Spring to visit me at Cambridge. The visit was pleasant, but he discovered that I was living on vegetables. On his return he wrote to my sister that he feared I was insufficiently nourished. This caused a panic in the Falmouth household, and my father forgot his scruples about supporting me in a Unitarian school. His offer of assistance was affectionately acknowledged by me, but declined with the assurance that I had never been in want. I had indeed economised, because I wished to spend my money for concerts, etc., but even that need of economy was now passed, as I had entered on my Senior

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  • Title Page v
  • Dedication and Preface. vii
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 9
  • Chapter III 19
  • Chapter IV 32
  • Chapter V 43
  • Chapter VI 52
  • Chapter VII 58
  • Chapter IX 86
  • Chapter X 101
  • Chapter XI 112
  • Chapter XII 126
  • Chapter XIII 139
  • Chapter XIV 156
  • Chapter XV 165
  • Chapter XVI 179
  • Chapter XVII 196
  • Chapter XVIII 222
  • Chapter XIX 243
  • Chapter XX 259
  • Chapter XXI 281
  • Chapter XXII 302
  • Chapter XXIII 324
  • Chapter XXIV 345
  • Chapter XXV 351
  • Chapter XVII 362
  • Chapter XXVII 387
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