of the United States
“has been, if he is not now, the father of slaves.
And thousands have voted to elevate him to his present condition, who would crucify an Abolitionist on the bare suspicion of favoring, though only in theory, such an amalgamation.
How shall we account for such inconsistency?”
On the 24th of August, he issued an appeal to the friends of law and order for aid in reestablishing The Observer;
and this appeal was promptly and generously responded to. Having obtained a sufficient amount in Alton
alone, he sent to Cincinnati
to purchase new printing materials.
Meantime, he issued an address, submitting “To the friends of the Redeemer in Alton
” his resignation of the editorship of the paper, offering to hand over to them the subscription-list, now exceeding two thousand names, on condition that they pay the debts of the concern, receive all dues and assets, and furnish him sufficient means to remove himself and family to another field of labor.
A meeting was accordingly held, which resolved that The Observer
ought to be continued, while the question of retaining Mr. Lovejoy
as its editor was discussed through two or three evenings, but left undecided.
Meantime, while he was absent, attending a meeting of the Presbytery, his new press — the third which he had brought to Alton
within a little more than a year — arrived on the 21st of September, was landed about sunset, and immediately conveyed by his friends to the warehouse of Geary
As it passed along the streets--“There goes the Abolition press!
was cried, but no violence was attempted.
, apprised of its arrival and also of its peril, gave assurance that it should be protected, and asked its friends to leave the matter entirely in his hands, which they did. A constable was posted by the Mayor
at the door of the ware-house, with orders to remain until a certain hour.
He left at that hour; and immediately ten or twenty ruffians, with handkerchiefs tied over their faces, broke open the store, rolled the press across the street to the river-bank, broke it into pieces, and threw it in. Before they had finished the job, the Mayor
was on hand, and ordered them to disperse.
They replied, that they would, so soon as they got through, and were as good as their word.
declared that he had never witnessed a more quiet and gentlemanly mob!
preached at St. Charles, Missouri
, the home of his wife's relatives, a few days after--October 1st--and was mobbed at the house of his mother-in-law, directly after his return from evening church.
The mob attempted, with oaths and blows, to drag him from the house, but were defeated, mainly through the courageous efforts of his wife and one or two friends.
Three times the house was broken into and a rush made up stairs; and, finally, Mr.
L. was induced, through the entreaties of his wife, to leave it clandestinely and take refuge with a friend, a mile distant, whence he and his wife made their way back to Alton
next day. Nearly the first person they met there was one of those who had first broken into the house at St. Charles
; and the hunted clergyman had the cold comfort of hearing, from many of his religious brethren, that he had no