Lowell (MA) Citizen & News, “Frederick Douglass,” December 21, 1859

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    “Frederick Douglass,” Lowell (MA) Citizen & News, December 21, 1859, p. 2: 2.
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    Lowell Daily Citizen & News
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    Frederick Douglass
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.

    FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Some weeks since it was announced that Mr. Douglass was about to sail for Europe. He now writes from England a letter, in which he refers to John Brown’s movement in a way indicating some knowledge of his original plan:

    Had John Brown pursued his original plan – avoiding a fight altogether, keeping himself and his men scattered abroad in the ravines, caves, and the ten thousand Sevastopols to be found among the Alleghany range of mountains – adding to his number all such as desired to be free, and were willing to suffer hardships and perils to gain it – the insurrection would not have seemed the mad and fruitless thing it now seems. But John Brown has not failed. He has dropped an idea, equal to a thousand bombshells, into the very bastile of slavery. That idea will live and grow, and one day will, unless slavery is otherwise abolished, cover Virginia with sorrow and blood.

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