The Liberator from Boston, Massachusetts on August 29, 1835 · Page 1
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Liberator from Boston, Massachusetts · Page 1

Boston, Massachusetts
Issue Date:
Saturday, August 29, 1835
Page 1
Start Free Trial

' - fiS ' JtfiRSES aT - - V .-' VOIi.'V. ' .- OUR OOUUTR7 IS THE WORLD-OUR COUX7TR7XaEXI AHX. ALL XXAZ7KIZJD. XI O. 35. ; BOSTOJV, MASSACHUSETTS.' - SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 1835. THE LIBERATOR IS PUBLISHED WEF.KLT, AT NO. 31, CORNHILL, BY 7 iVAf. LLOYD GARRISON, EDITOR." ' TERMS. 'L Two dollars per annum, always payaMe IN ADVANCE. . 'Lf All letters and communications must be post paid. The rale is imperative, in order to shield us from the frequent impositions of our enemies. Those, therefore, who wish their letters to betaken from tbe Post Office by as, will be careful (o pay their postage. O" An advertisement making one square, or a space of equal length and breadth, will be inserted one month for gl. One less than a square 75 ct. ' . St REFUGE OF OPPRESSION. From" the Washington Telegraph. THE EXCITEMENT THE FANATICS. ' A partisan of the administration, a shrewd man, in conversation with a political friend, remarked : 'all that we want b a little breezy excitement we always gain strength under an excitement. An old politician once remarked in our hearing, ' the best way to put down one excitement is to get up another.' Now, we beg those who are opposed to this corrupt administration to the reign of corruption that is to follow, to bear these truths in mind. . Some of our readers are no doubt at a loss to account for the new j zeal with which Mr. Ritchie and a few other of the leading Van Buren papers, are fanning the embers of the present excitement on the subject of abolition;! and others will feel surprise at the facility with which large meetings will be got up in the northern cities, for the purpose of denouncing Tappan, Garrison, and their associates. All this is easily explained. Firct : so long as the public mind can be employed by Tap-pan and Company, it will be withdrawn from Van Buren, Kendall &. Co. and hence Mr. Ritchie & Co. are anxious to give the public indignation that direction. Ritchie, himself an avowed abolitionist Ritchie, who would appropriate the proceeds of the sales of the public land to the abolition of our slavery condemn Garrison, Tappan & Co. for repeating bis own argument! J t is ridiculous. But Mr. Webster and the leading whigs of the North, it seems, are to hold a nteeting to denounce Tappan, and satisfy the South that they are not willing to interfere in this matter. And wh it good will Mr. Webster's speeches what good will the resolutions adopted by these meetings do ? They all assume that they are better and more holy than we that they are too good, too patriotic, to hold slaves, and that they tolerate it in us merely because they have hot the power to carry out their views of policy in relation to us. And is any one so blind as to suppose for one moment, that such meetings, that such speeches, - or such resolutions, will stay the popular current for one single hour ? If he does, he is most perversely blind. These same men who now hold these meetings to quiet the South, are themselves the advocates of emancipation. They are the revilers of slavery. The only objection to immediate emancipation with them is, that the time has not yet come. The only argument that they urge against Tappan & Co. is, that they have a better plan of emancipation than Tappan has. And is it not disreputable shamefully dishonorable in Southern men to rely upon such men far the protection of their rights and interests in this matter ? Their own arguments go to show, that the only question between them and Tappan & Co. is as to the time and manner of doing that which both declare to be a duty. Now we meet these men ot both parties at once, and deny that slavery is sinful or inexpedient. We deny that it is wronz in the abstract. We assert that it is the natural condition of man ; that there ever has been, and there ever will be slavery ; and we not only claim for ourselves the right to determine for ourselves the relations between master and slave, but we insist that the slavery of the Southern States is the best regulation of slavery, whether we take into consideration the interests 01 the master or ol the slave, that has ever been devised. But it is not enough to assert our own rights ; we must defend them against all invasion ; and thanks to the wisdom of our parents we are not dependnnt upon others for the means of doing so. If Mr. Webster's construction of the constitution be the true construction, the Congress of the United States and the Supreme Court are the supreme interpreters of tbe constitutional powers of the Federal Government ; but if our construction of the federal compact be the true one, the States themselves are tbe cole depositories of their reserved rights ; and we look to the vigilant and energetic exercise of our reserved rights as our sole defence against these incendiaries. If Mr. Tappan, residing in New York, was to hire the incendiary Thompson to go to Georgia for the purpose ol burning the State House and mur dering the Governor, and Thompson should be arrest- ed and convicted, Tappan would be an accessory, and his life would be as much forfeited to the laws of fwOroria a if tin Karl ifn nrffcp n f Aiitintr nnH tAl'intr B " t" - ' - r pan in we murder, w hat course wouui the authorities of Georgia take in such a case ? The Grand Jury 'could find a bill the executive would demand Tap-pan as a fugitive lrom justice, and the Governor of New-York would not hesitate to deliver him up. If the Governor of New-York did refuse, then Georgia would offer a reward for Tappan's apprehension, and in cs he was brought by force within the jurisdiction of Georgia, he would no doubt apply to Judge Wayne for a writ of habeas corpus to be released, on the ground that his arrest and detention were illegal. The question then arises, has the federal Court the power, under the constitution, to interfere and rescue from the State Courts, offenders against the laws of theseveral Slates. Now, we have always held that in such case it is legal and the duty of the States to assert and maintain by force of arms if necessary, the authority of the State tribunals to punish offenders a-gainst the laws of the State, and this b our nullification. This doctrine has been denounced by Mr. Ritchie and his associates. It was in vain that we warned the generous and confioing South that in surrendering this principle they gave up their only means of protecting themselves against the attempt to stir up their slaves to munity, which we then foretold would be upon us at this time. Ritchie and bis satellites cried out agitation agitation a false alarm a false alarmthere is no danger. When there is danger we will speak. Well, the danger has come. Ritchie himself now peaks out, and is among the loudest in clapping hu h?nds to pot the people on a wrong scent. Here they go; there, there, don't you see Tappan, Garrison &. Co. I ' says Ritchie, hunt down any one, so that you let our sweet little fellow e'eape ; only elect Mr. Van Buren President, and you may hold meetings and denounce Tappan & Co. to your heart's content.' We beg our readers to note another fact R'tchie will be among the first to hail the meetings in the North as an evidence that there is no danger ; ' that Tappan fit Co. are a small, despised band, and we will then have a repetition of his slang. Whereas, very one must know that thee meetings are the strongest proofs that Tappan and his party are grow-ing into power and influence; and when we see such men as Webster, and those who are, it is said, about to take part in these meetings, come forward in public meetings to denounce the measures of the fanat ics, it is conclusive evidence that political considera-1 tions alone govern them ; and he is wilfully blind who does not see, that if we admit Mr. Webster's construction of tbe constitution, the power of an absolute majority to govern, it follows, as night the day, that the fanatics will prevail. From step to step they will usurp first one power and then another, until every thing will be made to yield to their ruling passion. No ; it is worse than madness to rely on any other protection than ourselves. We are of those who would adopt the strongest measures, but we would do every thing under the most solemn sanction of law. To circulate, or to aid in tbe circulation of these inflammatory publications, is an offence against the laws of some of the States which is punishable with death. Where such provisions are not now made, tee would advise that they should be immediately enacted; and to guard against all misconstruction, it should be provided that all postmasters who deliver, that all persons who receive, and all persons who print, or otherwise id in the printing or distribution of such incendiary publications, should, upon conviction thereof, suffer death. Whether such printing be done within the State or not in such case, the distribution of such publications in the State, makes the printer and publisher as much a party to the offence, and would subject them as much to tbe operation of the law, although they may not have! been within the limits of the State, as they would .be in the case we put of Tappan hiring an assassin to go to Georgia to murder the Governor. In this last case the guilt dt the hiring is the consequence of the murder, which being perpetrated in the State of Georgia, brings all the parties under the penalties of the laws ot Georgia, so as the circulation is the offence against the laws. When that is done in the limits of the State, the offence is made to refer back to the original printing and distribution, which being part of the same offence, embraces all the parties who are out of the State, as well as those who are within her immediate jurisdiction. All then that remains for the people of the South to do is, to pass the necessary penal enactment for the grand juries to find the necessary bills of indictment for the Governors of the States to demand the fugitive? from justice, and in case they are not surrendered, to offer such reward as will pay the expense of their apprehension. There is one thing more, and. that only. It is to nullify the authority of the federal judges who shall dare to interfere with the local judiciary. From the National Intelligencer. Our city has been in a state of excitement, for two or three days, which produced, on Tuesday night, a menacing sniotac at the City nr".or, and caused tumultuons assemblies in our streets yesterday, under the influence of which little mischief was done, but more apprehended. The calamity has befallen this city, always heretofore so tranquil, always so obedient to the laws, always so respectful to the pub lic authorities ot gatherings ot the People, who have shown a disregard to the laws, and whom the earnest persuasions of the con.-liiuted authorities have failed to induce to disperse. The avowed object of these tumultuous assemblies has been the detection and apprehension of a very few obnoxious co!ored persons, and the punishment of such as have circulated the incendiary pamphlets. Threats have been uttered which look to ulterior ob jects, but up to six o'clock last evening, they were threats only. MAYOR'S OFFICE. Washington, August 12, 1835. Whereas certain rumors of danger to tbe public peace have spread alarm among a great number of the good People of the City : Therefore I, William A. Bradley, Mayor of the City of Washington, have thought it proper, tor the quieting of the public mind and the preservation of the public peace, to issue this my Proclamation, requiring of the Police the utmost vigilance and activity in preventing any assemblage or meeting of colored persons, bond or free, and also preventing any of that description of persons from going abroad after ten o'clock at night ; taking up all such as they may find fiom home after that hour, and securing them for examination. The Police is also required to be vigilant in repress ing any unlawful or riotous assemblage of persons of any description within the city ; and, it resisted by force, to give notice to the patrols and mahtrates, and collect a sufficient force for the immediate suppression of any such unlawful or rio'.ous assemblage. And all good citizens are warned and entreated to give their most efficient aid and countenance to the efforts of the magistracy and police to maintain social order and tbe supremacy of the laws. - WM. A. BRADLEY. Parents, guardians and others, arc earnestly requested to keep their children, apprentices, &c. within doors after dusk. Besides the above nroce.edincs. a nnrira wa issued ' Dy Major Gen. Jones, of the militia, calling on the friends of order and ot the laws, to rally round him at the City Hall, (our militia being not in a state of organization to be called into service at a moment's warning being in fact neither armed nor equipped.) A number of citizens assembled in answer to this call, which, however, owing to the pressure of time, was distributed but very partially through the city, and proceeded to arm themselves. We trust that all this precaution may be found to have been unnecessary ; and that the tumult will have dispersed without the intervention of any armed force. This paper necessarily goes to press early in tbe evening, and what may have occurred in the night preceding this morning cannot be told until our next. sad the day, and sad the hour, that we nave to chronicle thus much of the progress of Misrule in the City of Washington ! Extract of a letter dated . Washington, August 12th. Our city is in a ferment ; an abolitionist was committed to prison ou Monday night. The mob has been embodied ever since. They were very desirous pf hanging him, aud an attack upon the jail was anticipated last night. The murines from the navy yard were quartered in the iail. To-dav the mob are pa rading the streets in search of a negro by tbe name of snow, who keeps an oyster bouse. He is reported to have said that he could get any mechanic's wifo or daughter he pleased, and the mob are determined to be revenged upon him, if he is caught. Serious apprehensions are entertained of riots here, and some preparations for defending the city are secretly making. ' It is said that letters in the abolitionist's trunk implicate persons here. These people are bringing ruin upon the country, and all of them that are caught here may expect severe punuiunent. Slavery hot to be oiscvssei. The New Orleans Observer, says : Tbe remarks of A Slave holder' ou an article taken from the Boston Recorder, have been received. We are obliged to the writtr, but the discuesion of that subject in any form, we are under the imperious necessity of excluding' from our columns. The communication ia held subject to tbe order of the author." COMMUNICATIONS. - MRS. CHILD. ' . O" The following, as will be seen, is a correspondence which parsed between some spirited anti-slavery Ladies belonging to Lynn and Salem and Mrs. Child, these ladies having presented her with a beautiful watch, with this inscription on it: From a few of the LADIES of Salem and Lynn, Mass. To their friend MRS. CHILD, v the true, the noble, the irreproachable, who made the first 'APPEAL 'in behalf of tbe American slave, Aug. 8, 1835. . '-" LTJtif, Aug. 8, 1835. Mr der Mrs. Child : The ladies of Lynn, who are endeavoring to do a little in support of the cause.of abolition, for which you have done so much, have commissioned me to address you, to ask your acceptance from them, ia connection with the Ladies of Salem, of a watch, as a testimony of their regard aud sympathy. .. The course which you have pursued, in openly and fearlessly advocating a most righteous, ' but unpopular cause, may have driven from you some old friends, but it has secured to you many new ones, who rejoice in your devotion to it, and who, though their personal feelings would lead them to regret that you are about to leave us, would, by their wishes for the success of tbe good cause which you have undertaken, speed you on your mission. May he whose spirit iuflueuccd you to undertake it, protect and guide you across the' painless ocean, and direct your steps in a foreign land. It is no uncertain enterprise in which we are engaged j tbe clear and steady light of heaven is on our path, and it must diffuse itself, until the darkness which now covers our land, shall flee before it. I hope you will return to jpin in oiir rejoicing when our country shall in truth he proclaimed free when she can lift up her whole heart in thanksgiving for the inestimable blessiug of freedom. Your sincere friend, sS!:3& PURINTON. The Ladies of the Lyr.n and Salem Female Anti-Slavery Societies, desirous- of manifesting to Mrs. D. L. Child their participation iu the sentiments of respect and admiration which she has awakened among the fiTcnds of enslaved humanity, by her early and ardent devotion to the cause of immediate, entire and unconditional emancipation ; but more especially by her unshrinking adherence to this cause as a careful and ingenious defender and promulgator of its pure and holy principles, at a period when the tears of such as were oppressed, although many and bitter, were despised, and when emphatically, on the side of the oppressor there was power extending even into the the sanctuary of the living God and rendering the avowal of these principles little less than self sacrifice, and their inculcation tbe scaling up. in a great measure of the fountains from which she had drawn pleasure thejdessed fountains of human kindness and sympathy. Respectfully tendering her the accompanying article, begging her to regard it as the tokeu by which these sentiments are expressed. Iu behalf of the Ladies of Lynn and Satein, L. L. DODGE, Cor. Secretary, S. F. A. S. Society. Srtlem, August 8, 1835. Bostox, Aug. 11, 1835. Mrs. Cuild begs leave to return her most heartfelt acknowledgments to the Ladies of Ljnn and Salem for the very beautiful and tasteful present they have scut her. Valuable for its own sake, it is doubly so for the source from w hich it comes,' and the kind feelings in which it originated. It is a circumstance never to be forgotten in my life a circumstance which has "stirred the deepest fountains of feelings. I had never expected to reap any other harvest in the abolition field, than obloquy, neglect, audcoiilempt. I was most willing to encounter all this; for in keeping the commandments, I found an exceeding great reward. You, dear Ladies, are pleased to reward me for keeping the commandments, and that too in a manner far beyond my humble merits. 1 thank you most sincerely for the kind wishes you express concerning our voyage. 1 trust God will endow us with the meekness of wisdom," that we may serve this most righteous cause in a manner acceptable to Him who makcth the sun to sbiue on the evil as we'll as the good. It grieves my heart thai we are going to head the ' primrose path ' of abolition, while our friend Thompson is continually exposed to dangers and insults in every form. I beg of you, my dear sisters, to shower your kindness like dew upon him and his. I have no doubt that the time will come when Aineiicaus will perceive they Lave ' entertained an angel unawares ; ' but we shall never duly appreciate bis magnificent getiius, bis expansive benevolence, his truly Christian courage. m Farewell. May the blessing of God be with you, to strengthen your bands and encourage your hearts in this holy cause. . You will have need of strength, for we have fallen on evil times ! But He who led the Israelites safely through the land of the Philistines is with us, a cloud by day, a pillow of fire by nightl Please except my warmest wishes for your welfare aud happiness, and believe me moat affectionately, and gratefully your friend, L-MARIA CHILD. Pltnam Co. Illinois, April 16, 1S33. Wm. Llotd Garrison : Dear Sir I have seated myself once more, for the purpose of writing to you. I have been a reader of tbe Liberator for more than two years, and I iutend to continue to read it, as long as it continues to plead the cause of the poor and the oppressed. My dear Sir, although nothing has been done here in the cause of abolition worth mentioning, yet I think you have no cause to be tascouraged ; the cause is evidently progressing. The slaveholders and their apologists are very much exasperated at the Liberator and ita editor but this is no bad sign : it proves that they consider their craft to be in danger, and that the Liberar U the instrument of death to those vile prejudices and erroneous principles, by' which slavery has always been k?pt in countenance. -. . 1 I wish to'say to you PERSEVERE ! never gite up the skip.' ) You have truth on your side, and justice, humanity, good policy, ami 'every thing that goes to exalt a nation, and make any people happy ; and what is more than all, the cause you advocate is the cause of -God, and in due time it will prevail. . - SAMUEL GIST'S WILL. v . Richhokd, 8tb Aug. 1835. Sir Presuming that by transmitting the Liberator to me, with the attack ia it on John Wickham, Esq. respecting the Estate of Samuel Gist, deceased, of London, you meant that Mr. Wickham should see it, I accordingly showed it to that distinguished gentleman. He vindicates his conduct iu a note to ma, herewith transmitted, ana thai so clearly, precisely, and unanswerably, that I am confident your correspondent C. must blush for his conduct, and you yourself (eel some remorse for having leut your columns to so unworthy a purpose. - You caonot do less an an honest man, than repair the wrong done Mr. Wickham, as far as it lies within your power, and the mora expedient way of doing it, is to republish his explanatory letter to me. The records of. our Courts sustaiu . Mr. Wickham in every statement. I am Sir, respectfully. JHO. II., PLEAS ANTS, Editor Richmond Whig. Vm. Lloyd Garrison, Esq., Boston. - Dear Sir, I have received your letter of yesterday evening inclosing; a late No. of 'The Liberator,' a newspaper published in Boston. No apology was necessary for the communication, as it was apparently the intention of the Editor of that paper that the article in it under the signature of C. should be communicated to me, and whether such were hU intention or not, it was an act of proper civility on your part to ma ve known to me the imputations on my conduct contained in that article. Tho Extract from the will of the late Mr. Gist of London, is 1 presume correct, so far as it goes, but it omits an essential provision relating' to the slaves. The Testator directs that, if the General Assembly of Virginia should be pleased -to adopt any other plan more beneficial to his slaves, &c. as well as to the State, that the Trustees should conform thereto, and that if either of the Trustee should die or decline to act, the survi ving Trustcfe uirjfbt appoint any other Trustee, &c. . " The supposition that I was the acting 'Extcu-tor,1 ayd that the property riven by Mr. Gist to his negroes has been withheld from them, astory which the writer of the article says 1 has gone to lie jour quarters oj the world, is a pure and absolute fiction. I never had any agency in the affair except in obtaining the act of Assembly, which was authorized by the testator, and was necessary for the enjoyment of the freedom giv en to the slaves. J never had any care or direc lion of the persons of the negroe?, nor did the value of one farthing of the property bequeathed to them, ftvwn come into my hand.s. Directly after the act of Assembly passed, being the surviving Trustee, I substituted as I was authorized to do, two other Trustees, persons certainly free from all exception, and then in conformity to the provisions of the act of Assembly acted under the immediate direction of our Court of Chancery, to which their proceedings were regularly re ported, and I have alwavs understood and have no doubt of the fact, thnt the whole business of the trust was conducted with care and integrity. 1 he property was sold and converted into money for the, benefit of the negroes, under the direction of the Court, by which all their proceedings were approved and confirmed. All these transactions ate of record in that Court and whatever may have bepn the case in other 'quarter of the icorld,' I am persuaded that in Virginia there has never been the slightest imputation on the conduct of the I rustees, or the survivor by whom the busi ness was principally conducted. Had it been otherwise, the negroes would not have wanted active and efficient friends who would hove taken effectual measures for obtaining in their behalf tuii justice.. -4 With regard to the agency I have had in this affair, it is proper that I should enter into some details. Mr. Gist having several law suits in Virginia, I was employed as his Counsel. Some time after the date of his will, Mr. Toler, who had the management of his Estates here, died, and shortly after he sent me a letter of Attorney, and wrote me requesting that 1 would undertake the business. I replied informing him that such an agency was wholly out of the question, that my habits of life had unfitted me for it, and that I had neither leisure nor inclination for such a business. Mr. Gist lived several years afterwards, and I was surprised to learn that he led a will imposing this task on me unaltered. If the will had contained no provision in favor of his slaves, I should at once have declined to act, but apprehending that if I took this step, tbe right of the negroes to their freedom would be much delayed, and perhaps lost, I felt myself bound to take proper measures to obtain an act of Assembly, without which it was thought by proper and competent judges, that they could not enjoy it. On my application, a leading member of the Assembly, of high character as a man of worth, and an active friend of the class of emancipated negroes, undertook to do all in his power to carry through the Assembly a proper act in their favor. I should have been perfectly content with their remaining in the State, but he informed me, and I doubt not truly, that tbe Assembly would never agree to this. The act was prepared with great care ana consiuermiuii, uiu among oiuer provisions for the benefit of the negroes, was one placing them and their property under tbe immediate care and guardianship of the Court of Chancerv. Having faithfully and zealonsly done all I could for their seconty and that of their property, I re. linquisbed the trust on the passacre of the act. ic cording to my declared intention from my first agency in tne anair and that agency, as I have already stated, was confined to the measures re quisite for obtaining the act of Assembly. I never a. . a excrcisea mny control over their persons or property, knowing that both would be perfectly secure while the Bill was pending in the Assembly. It is a satisfaction to me to be assured, that from this period their interests have been attended to carefully and faithfully. ' I shall make no remarks on the conduct of tbe writer of the paper signed C. or his informant. ' The Editor of the paper called th Liberator, I am willing to suppose intended by sending his paper to you to give me an opportunity of rcfu- -ting the calumny on roe inserted in it. I leave it to him to judge on reflection whether it might not have been as proper to have made the communication before ho undertook to publish they article in question. -,- : .-- I have omitted to mention that the act of Assembly giving effect to Mr. Gist's will, was past ed on the 16th July, 1816, and is to be found fin pages 240, 1,3 and 3 of the Session's Acta, 1815 16. It will be found to be drawn much at length, with great care, and making due allow- ance for the provision for the removal of the negroes out of the State in conformity with the set- -tied system of our laws oc this subject, with strict attention to their interest. ; - " I am very respectfully, --' -- Your obedient servant, ' ' JNO. WlCKHAtf. ' Richmond, 31st July, 1335. North Wrxxtham, Augest 19, 1S3S. To the Editor of tht Liberator : Dear Sir, I was surprised yesterday to learn, that the letter which 1 forwarded to you by mail, a short time since, had not by you been received ; and I re- gret it the more, because ft was designed to giva you, a succint account of an interesting meeting bolden at . Valley Falls, the preceding evening, and an able ad dress delivered by our dear brother Goodell, on the subject of American Slavery. The letter was dated Valley Falls, R. I., August 4, 1SS5 ; and delivered to M. Benedict, Post Master at Pawtucket, about 9 o'clock the same morning on which It was written. It was also legibly superscribed, Messrs. Garrison It Koapp, Boston, Mass. I can, likewise, produce a . credible witness, that Mr. Benedict had tbe letter put into bis hand, and received the Postage. , The mail for that day, (Tuesday) fiom Providence to Boston had gone ; and on my dashing tbe Post Master to for. word the letter by the next mail, be said; ' It wJ) ev iv-uiviivw sasvs uiiiai Now, I feel that I have tbe right to demand of tb Pt XUMfxom PawtUickslto What has became of the letter above described 1 Was it faithfully mailed at Pawtucket? ' Was it detained by any of tho intermediate Post Masters, from Pawtucket to Boston t If it arrived safely in the Boston Post Office, how was it there disposed of.' Observe, Mr. Editor, that 1 do not accuse any individual of having embezzled tbe letter referred to ; bat I claim the right, as a citizen ot this Republic, fur whose benefit, in common with others, the Peat Office Department is sustained, to make the foregoing in- . quiries. That Mr Benedict, at Pawtucket, faithfully discharged bis duty, in mailing the letter, I have no . reason to doubt. It is well known, too, that no one who opens the mail, between on distriubtiog Post Office and another, has the right to remove tbe wrapper in which a letter is enclosed, unless it appears by the superscription of the wrapper, that the latter has ' arrived at its place of destination. Nor is it easy to believe, considering the rapidity with which tbe mail : passes from Pawtucket to Boston, that any Post Master on the route would, if disposed thus to violate bis duty, venture to detain the mail by removing wrap- . pers, which it did not belong to him to remove ; or if he did, that he would be likely to hit upon tbe identical letter directed to tbe conductors of the Liberator. ' Did, then, tlie letter in question arrive safely in tbe 5 Boston Post Office ? and can Mr. Green, or any of his' assistants, tell what became of it i 1 would also inquire still further, if any Post Master has' now the right to detain or suppress a letter, directed te the editor of a Periodical, which pleads for tbe right of humanity, and advocates the abolition of injustice and oppression? . . It is of no consequence, Mr. Editor, whether or not the letter in question was of any intrinsic value. It was such an one as I was Induced to write, and as you probably would have seen fit to publish. It 1 therefore of some value to us, and our joint property; " even though it were adjudged by others to be not :. worth a pin. For the contents of tbe letter, too, I was perfectly willing to bold myself responsible, sad should now be willing tor a jury of my country to say wheth-er or not they were seditions. . Be things as they may, , it is an important principle of our 'free institutions .. -which I have in my eye ; and principles are wortk " more than money. Even though the letter, which I ' designed for you, was of no value, the prineipU is tbe same as if it bad contained a draft or a note for toe -thousand dollars. . If, then. Post Masters are" to as- v sume tbe right of detaining letters ' at daserefiao, let 3 our citizens judge how soon every system of linilmss t must be deranged and ruined ; and let them say st -V once, whether they would not ar soon ' substW t inquisition or a military despotism. ' , That this communication may reach you iassJaty. ; I shall inclose it to another person ; sad if yea receive; it, you may possibly bear from me again ea the same . subject. lathe mean time, let ate assure Ufj Poet i Master, whose eye may happen to gtenee at erbat 1 - have indeed written, that I ear, ia Jkeart sad seel, an ' Abolitiojtist, and shall no): fail ' to exert ay feabljt powers and influence to their extent, in the great east glorious cause, in whkh 1 love to know my friends, ,l Garrison and Knapp, with thousands of other pbilan-' . thropUts, are heartily engaged ; and oa the success of which, with tbe blessing ot God, is depending tbe sal vation of our country! ' ; ' ; t ' . r " : :,. " Yours, truly, ; ' . Mosks Ti.ciisa. ' An Anti-Slavery Society has been formed "ia Bedford County in the State of Tennessee, coa-sisting of nine members. . ;-:'- i i2 '

Clipped articles people have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 22,600+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free