Calvin Fairbank (Coffin, 1880)

Levi Coffin, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin (Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1880), 719.

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THE subject of this sketch was attending school at Oberlin, Ohio--an institution open to all, without regard to race or color--when his latent sympathies for the oppressed and down-trodden slave were first called into action. A slave man had escaped from Kentucky, and made his way to Oberlin. Though enjoying liberty here he was not happy, for his wife was still in bondage, and he was constantly planning some way for her escape. This case, with many pathetic and touching details, was laid before Calvin Fairbank; and, though he was well aware of the danger attendant upon such a project, he voluntered to go to Kentucky and bring the slave woman away.
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