Series One: Speeches, Debates, and Interviews Volume 1: 1841-1846
- Another text in Liberator, 3 June 1842. From 24 to 27 May 1842 the annual convention of the New England Anti-Slavery Society met in Boston's Chardon Street Chapel, a place described 1. This is the fullest of several early accounts of Douglass's famous "Slaveholder's Sermon," which he gave often during his youthful days as an abolitionist lecturer.
- Frederick Douglass attended a quarterly meeting of the Plymouth County Anti-Slavery Society in Hingham, Massachusetts. Present in the crowded church building were the prominent abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison, John A. Collins, George Foster, Edmund Quincy, and escaped slave Lunsford Lane. The presiding officer, Samuel J. May, introduced Douglass as a runaway slave whose personal history it would not be expedient to publicize. An active participant in the floor debates, Douglass supported a resolution that it was slavery and not abolitionism which threatened to destroy the Union, urged the Plymouth County Society to help Lunsford Lane purchase his family from bondage, and described the encouragement slaves derived from abolitionist petitions to Congress.
- Tenth Annual Report of the Board of Managers of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (Boston, 1842), 18-19. Another text in Liberator, 4 February 1842. On the evening of 28 January 1842, some 4000 people gathered in Boston's Faneuil Hall to attend a public meeting sponsored by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.