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Douglass in Madison

Daily Journal [Madison], November 1, 1854

Frederick Douglass---speaks at the Court House this afternoon at 3 o'clock and at half past seven this evening.

Frederick Douglass---This well known champion of Freedom delivered an address in the Spring Street Congregational Church, last evening to an audience that filled every available spot within the walls of the building.

Mr. Douglass spoke with great ability, and was listened to with unflagging interest. We have rarely seen an audience better pleased, or more deeply impressed by a public speaker, than was that which listened to Frederick last night.--Milwaukee Sentinel


Daily Journal, November 2, 1854

[Local Matters]
Frederick Douglass--This eloquent speaker addressed one of the largest meetings last evening, ever convened in this place. He spoke to quite a large assemblage of people in the aftewrnoon, but made his principal effort in the evening. His speech was calm, clear and strong, and has produced an excellent impression upon the community. He was one of the finest voices we have ever heard for public speaking, and his efforts will be productive of good.

We observe that the Potosi republican is much disturbed at the idea that a "nigger" is traveling through the country and commenting upon the acts of our public men. Mis Nancydom in General, instead of indulging in lamentations of this character, had better pray, if prayer were of any avail in their cases, for a tithe of the brains and common sense, which the aforesaid nigger possesses.

Infuriated Sucker--"Isn't this infamous? They've got nigger Douglass out here to answer our Steve on Nebraska! It is a deliberate insult."

Researched and transcribed by Kevin Dier-Zimmel.