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Re: Buffum's very involved in Abolition
Posted by: Leo McCarthy Date: March 30, 2000 at 15:37:12
In Reply to: Thoreau links to the Buffum family by Austin Meredith of 247

Arnold Buffum married Sarah Gould in 1803, and had 10 children. They lived in Smithfield and Fall River, Rhode Island. Arnold devoted his life to abolition, and in 1832, he and a group of prominent men established the "New England Anti-Slavery Society". Arnold was the first president. Seven of Arnold's ten children lived, and they all were involved in the abolition movement. His daughter Elizabeth went on to become a prolific writer, and championed many causes such as women's suffrage, temperance and working conditions in the New England mills. Her pen name was Elizabeth Buffum Chace. Elizabeth also had a daughter who became a published author, her pen name was Lillie Buffum Chace Wyman, and I was able to find seven of her books listed in the Library of Congress catalog. Arnold's three other daughters, Lydia, Rebecca and Lucy were also writers. An extremely interesting book was published in 1994 that includes some of the sisters writings, and their efforts to abolish slavery. The name of the book is "Virtous Lives" - "Four Quaker Sisters Remember Family Life, Abolitionism, and Women's Suffrage" by Lucille Salitan and Eve Lewis Perera. Publisher is "The Continuum Publishing Company, 370 Lexington Ave., N.Y., N.Y." I got my paperback copy from, and it cost around $20. This book is an absolute must-read for everyone, Buffum or not!

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