been called for the evening of October 2, 1833, there appeared a countercall from “Many Southrons” for a meeting at the same time and place.
In apprehension of a riot, Clinton Hall was not opened; but such of the Abolitionists as could be notified on the instant repaired to the Chatham
Their opponents met in Tammany Hall, and, after making their speeches and passing their resolves unquestioned, were about to adjourn, when they were apprised of the meeting in the Chapel
. “Let us rout them!”
was the general cry; and they rushed noisily to the Chapel
only to find that the Abolitionists had departed.
“Ten thousand dollars for Arthur Tappan
was shouted; but no one was molested, and the crowd dissolved in the comforting assurance that the Union
But on the 4th of July, 1834, an attempt to hold an anti-Slavery celebration in Chatham-street Chapel was the signal for a furious and alarming riot.
The prayer, the singing, and the reading of the Declaration, were endured with tolerable patience; but a Declaration of the Sentiments of the Anti-Slavery Society by Lewis Tappan
was interrupted by hisses; and when David Paul Brown
, of Philadelphia
, commenced his oration, it was soon manifest that a large portion of the audience had come expressly not
to hear him, nor let any one else.
Rev. Samuel H. Cox
interposed in behalf of Free Speech; but both were clamored down with cries of “Treason!
Treason! Hurrah for the Union
and the meeting quietly dispersed, without awaiting or provoking further violence.
The leading commercial journals having commended this experiment in Union-saving, the actors were naturally impelled to extend it. At midnight on the 9th, the dwelling of Lewis Tappan
was broken open by a mob, his furniture carried into the street, and consigned to the flames.
The burning of the house was then proposed; but the Mayor
remonstrated, and it was forborne.
The riots were continued through the next day; the doors and windows of Dr. Cox
's (Presbyterian) church being broken, with those of Dr. Ludlow
's church; while a Baptist, a Methodist, and a Protestant Episcopal church, belonging to colored congregations, were badly shattered, and one of them nearly destroyed, as was a school-house for colored children, and many dwellings inhabited by negroes, while others were seriously injured.
Many rioters were arrested during these days by the police, but none of them was ever punished.
Newark, New Jersey
, imitated this riot on the 11th, but with indifferent success.
A church was somewhat injured.
followed on the 13th of August.
Her riots lasted three nights, and the harmless and powerless blacks were mainly their victims.
Forty-four houses (mostly small) were destroyed or seriously injured.
Among them was a colored Presbyterian church.
Several of the blacks were chased and assaulted, one of them being beaten to death, and another losing his life in attempting to swim the Schuylkill
to escape his pursuers.
At Worcester, Massachusetts
, August 10, 1835, the Rev. Orange Scott
, who was lecturing against Slavery, was assaulted, his notes torn up, and personal violence attempted.