Page 201, note 1.
See note to poem "Boston."
Mr. Charles Francis Adams's Life of Richard H. Dana gives light on the phrase used in the first of these verses. The following passage is from Mr. Dana's journal during the trial of Anthony Burns, the fugitive:—
"Choate, I had an amusing interview with. I asked him to make one effort in favor of freedom, and told him that the 1850 delusion was dispelled and all men were coming round, the Board of Brokers and Board of Aldermen were talking treason, and that he must come and act. He said he should be glad to make an effort on our side, but that he had given written opinions against us in the Sims case on every point, and that he could not go against them.
"'You corrupted your mind in 1850.'
"'Yes. Filed my mind.'
"'I wish you would file it in court for our benefit.'"
"For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind."
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