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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 3: the Clerical appeal.—1837. (search)
Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy, editor of an anti-slavery religious paper called the Observer, had been murdered by a pro-slavery mob at Alton, Illinois. The Reign of Terror had continued without abatement during the first half of the year. Anti-slavery lecturers in most of the New England States were mobbed repeatedly, with varying degrees of violence and barbarity; ministers were attacked in the pulpit or dragged from it—the Rev. John Rankin was knocked Lib. 7.39. down on leaving a church in Dayton, Ohio; elsewhere in the same State a private lecture by an abolitionist in his Lib. 7.34. own home was forcibly prevented by riotous invasion; and Marius R. Robinson (one of the Lane Seminary Ante, 1.454. seceders) was, two days after a similar lecture, dragged from his host's house at night, tarred and feathered, and Lib. 7.111. ridden out of town. On Broadway, in New York, one saw in shop windows bowie-knives for sale, marked Death to Abolition. From time to time, through the summer and