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The Illustrated London News, vol. 46, no. 1313, p. 442.

May 6, 1865

THE MAGAZINES.

...Fraser opens with one of Mr. Conway's charming American papers. We are taken abroad in Massachusetts, and successively introduced to the scenery of winter and summer, of the pine-woods and of the seacoasts, to the homes of preachers and poets, and to the great popular gatherings where the anti-slavery sentiment was educated. Garrison and Whittier are among Mr. Conway's portraits, and some specimens are given of the really magical oratory of Wendell Phillips. There is also a fine gloomy picture of the shame and horror created at Boston by the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law. A remarkable utterance of an old Governor of Virginia is mentioned. "I thank God," he wrote to Charles II., "there are no free schools nor printing, and I hope we shall not have any these hundred years, for learning has brought disobedience, and heresy, and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them. God keep us from both!" His wish was wellnigh gratified, and we now see the consequences....

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