Goodell, William, (fl. 1860) The Principia [Vol 1. No. 9 (January 14, 1860)]
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One issue of the newspaper "The Principia," dated January 14, 1860. The newspaper states that its purpose is "to promote pure religion, sound morals, Christian reforms" including the abolition of slavery, the caste system, an alcohol. The newspaper contains many articles concerning these topics. Some of particular note include; a poem entitled "The Fallen Champions of Freedom" that mentions notable abolitionists Thomas Clarkson, William Wilberforce, Benjamin Lundy, Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Eliza Seaman Leggett, William Ellery Channing, John Jay, Charles Turner Torrey, and John "Osawatomie" Brown. As well as an extensive funeral sermon for John Brown on the inner pages of the newspaper. There is also an article concerning the collapsing of the Pemberton Mills in Lawrence Massachusetts on January 10, 1860. Another article on the capture of a slave trading ship near Jackin an noted "slave station." There is also an article reprinted from the "Knoxville Whig" concerning the threat of a lynching on a New York abolitionist that was doing business in Knoxville Tennessee. There are further three articles concerning suspected sympathizers of John Brown. They include a man named Rev. Alberton, a bookseller, Deacon Reuben Salisbury a farmer in Virginia, and a enslaved man named, Jerry who was owned by Col. Francis McCormick in Clarks County Virginia. Jerry did not participate with John Brown but he stated that if he had known where to go he would have joined Brown as would his four sons and another enslaved person, Joe, who was nearby. Another article recounts the rescue of an escaped enslaved person named, James Gray, by a group of men that helped him escape to Canada. The men mentioned were; Roots, Joseph Stout, James Stout, John Hossack, Smith, Campbell, Chamberlain, and Mr. King. There is also an article discussing an escaped enslaved person, John Niles, that made his way on the Underground Railroad and met up with his parents, who had escaped nine years previously, in Canada.
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