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Abolitionist lecture in Burlington, New Jersey ends in chaos and a barrage of rotten eggs

Samuel Aaron, detail
03/27/1862
Reverend Samual Aaron, a well-known abolitionist Baptist minister from nearby Mount Holly, attempted to give a public lecture at the City Hall in Burlington, New Jersey.  His topic was "The Constitution" but his abolitionist reputation and his attitude towards the conduct of the war had attracted a raucous and drunken crowd of protestors whose charges against the stage and throwing of rotten eggs brought the event to near riot. The town mayor restored order and one man was arrested.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Excitement at Burlington, NJ," New York Times, April 6, 1862.
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 69.
 

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