Wendell Phillips' speech at Faneuil Hall, May 26, 1854
See to it, every one of you, as you love the honor of Boston, that you watch this case so closely that you can look into that man's eyes. When he comes up for trial get a sight of him – and don't lose sight of him. There is nothing like the mute eloquence of a suffering man to urge to duty; be there, and I will trust the result. If Boston streets are to be so often desecrated by the sight of returning fugitives, let us be there, that we may tell our children that we saw it done. There is now no use for Faneuil Hall. Faneuil Hall is the purlieus of the Court House tomorrow morning, where the children of Adams and Hancock may prove that they are not bastards. Let us prove that we are worthy of liberty.
As quoted in The Trials of Anthony Burns: Freedom and Slavery in Emerson's Boston, by Albert J. von Frank (Harvard University Press, 1998)