The Saturday Club and its Contribution to the Crusade


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), "Voyage of the good ship Union": autograph manuscript, 1862.

Holmes wrote several poems against slavery. "The Voyage of the Good Ship Union" details a metaphorical journey of a heroic ship, the Union, traveling south. Its final line, "One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation, evermore!" indicates Holmes' desire for a united country free from slavery. James T. Fields had the manuscript bound with a portrait and an autograph letter from the author. The poem first appeared in an anthology of Holmes' poetry published by Ticknor and Fields in their distinctive "Blue and Gold" series.

MS Am 126 – Gift of James T. Fields, 1871.