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Page 9 of Abolitionism unveiled, or, Its origin, progress and pernicious tendency fully developed / Henry Field James.

ADOLITIONISM UNVEILED. Ile, with his family and slaves, went to the South, and settled upon the fertile hills back of Rodney, Mississippi. In the fall of 1824, our Henry Gray, with his family, descended the Ohio from Wheeling, and landedi on the Kentucky side, just above the mouth of Big Bone Creek. There a most spacious bottom, of unsurpassed fertility, sprread out to the distant hills. Here he had purchased a large body of land, and intended to spend the balance of his days. The forest fell before the vigorous strokes of his numerous slaves, whose axes kept up an unceasing noise. Ere many years a beautiful and extensive tarmn was opened, and a splendid and commodious brick dwell- in-, situated a short distance from the banks ot the Ohio river, rose gracefully to view. On the lower edge of his farm a little winding stream pushed its silent waters to the placid Ohio. This was Big Bone-so named from the mammoth bones found at a salt spring near its head. Blessed in all the relations of life, here, for many years our Henry Gray resided in rural elegance. Ile had seve- ral beautiful daughters, who made his house very attrac- tive. His unbounded hospitality was a theme of admira- tion throulghout the surrounding country, but it was Just such hospitality as is common to all the sons of the Old Dominion. He became popular with the people, and was appointed a justice of the peace, an office which he held for many years, until he was universally known as 'Squire Gray. The surname was usually dropped in familiar conversation, and the 'Squire only used. His library was extensive, and composed of very valu- able and well selected books not often met with at a far- mer's residence. The constitution and laws of his country he had made his particular study, and thoroughly under- stood. As a politician, few excelled him. lie was a complete master of all political questions which had agi- tated the country the last twenty-five years. Abolitionism he had watched from its earliest germ up to its present amazing and dangerous growth. Whenever that subject was named, his eyes beamed with fire, and the vast fuind of information he possessed in relation to it, was poured forth with warmth and great energy. He was a true lover of the Union; its perpetuity he 9

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