"Among the earliest stories which were told me in the nursery, I recollect the martyrdom of Nat Turner, -- how Lovejoy, by night, but in light, was sent quite beyond the reach of human pelting, -- and all the things which Toussaint did, with no white man, but with the whitest spirit of all, to help him."SOURCE:
"[W]e must have entertained Abolitionists at our house largely, since even at this day I find it hard to rid myself of an instinctive impression that the common way of testifying disapprobation of a lecturer in a small country-town is to bombard him with obsolete eggs, carried by the audience for that purpose. I saw many at my father's table who had enjoyed the honors of that ovation."
"I was four years old when I learned that my father combined the two functions of preaching in a New England college town and ticket-agency on the Underground Railroad. Four years old has a sort of literal mindedness about it.... So I could be pardoned for going down cellar and watching behind old hogsheads by the hour to see where the cars came in."