stated; and provides that the Sheriff
shall see that the sentence of banishment be executed, and imprison such offender if he returns, unless by unavoidable accident.]
On Monday, December 2d, Mr. Hoar
was, for the first time, apprised of the reception accorded at Columbia
to his mission, and of the commotion it had raised.
After discussing the matter freely with those around him, he walked out for some distance, and, returning at dark to his hotel, he encountered three persons standing on the piazza.
One of them stepped forward and asked, “Is your name Hoar
and, being answered in the affirmative, announced himself as follows: “I am the Sheriff
of Charleston District, and I have some business with you, Sir.”
He then introduced his associates as the acting mayor
and another alderman of the city.
invited them to walk up into the parlor of the house.
When seated, the sheriff inquired his business in Charleston
; and was answered that he had already communicated it to the Governor
; but he stated it afresh to the sheriff, who said: “It is suspected that you are an Abolitionist, and have come here to accomplish some of their measures.”
After some hesitation, Mr. Hoar
assured him that he was no Abolitionist, but had been, for many years, a member of the Colonization Society.
The sheriff intimating some suspicion that Mr. Hoar
was not duly accredited, the latter exhibited his commission from the Governor
, and gave permission to copy it, as also the resolves of the Legislature on which it was founded.
continued: “It is considered a great insult on South Carolina
to send an agent here on such business.
The city is highly incensed.
You are in great danger, and you had better leave the city as soon as possible.”
H. replied that he had been sent there by the Governor
on lawful business, and could not leave until he had at least attempted to perform the duty imposed on him. The sheriff then produced a letter purporting to be from the Attorney-General
of South Carolina
, urging the avoidance of a resort to lynching
, as that would disgrace the city, and adding that the person to prevent such a procedure was the sheriff.
That functionary declared that he should endeavor to defend Mr. H., even at the hazard of his own life, but doubted his ability to do it in view of the prevailing excitement, and urged him, as a friend, to leave at the earliest moment.
H. repeated his answer already given, and thereupon his visitors left him.
The next morning, the sheriff returned and repeated his representations and entreaties of the evening.
“What do you expect?”
he asked; “you can never get a verdict; and, if you should, the marshal would need all the troops of the United States
to enforce the judgment.”
remarked that enforcing the judgment was no part of his business, and they thereupon separated.
During the day, several gentlemen called, making representations substantially like the sheriff's, and setting forth the various plans suggested for ridding the city of his presence.
He could only reply that lie should not voluntarily leave until he had fulfilled the duty he had undertaken.