In the evening, a gentleman to whom Mr. Hoar
had a letter of introduction called, and said the sheriff had offered, in case he would leave, to agree on a case to be submitted to the U. S. Circuit Court, and thence carried to the Supreme Court for final decision.
To this, Mr. Hoar
readily assented, observing that such an agreement would very much expedite his departure.
He had prepared himself, in Boston
, with the names of a number of colored seamen who had been taken out of Massachusetts
vessels in Charleston
, and there imprisoned under the law in question, and he felt authorized by his commission to commence a suit in the name of either of two of them.
It was agreed that a meeting should be held at the sheriff's office next morning at nine o'clock, for the purpose of perfecting this arrangement.
At that hour, Mr.
H. duly appeared at the sheriff's office, but found there neither the sheriff nor any other of the gentlemen who were to meet him. Being informed by one of the clerks that the sheriff had just stepped out on business, and would probably soon return, he waited half or three-quarters of an hour to no purpose, and was about to leave, when the clerk said that, if he would name a future hour when he would be there, he would inform the sheriff, so that he might meet him. He named twelve o'clock, and, returning at that time, found the sheriff.
That personage now admitted that the gentleman who had conferred with Mr.
the evening previous had correctly represented his proposal; but said, that, on further reflection and consultation, he must retract the offer; as what he had proposed might thwart the purposes of the State
; that he had not been long in office, and did not know that there was any case which would properly present the question in controversy.
At all events, he could not abide by his agreement.
He added that he had information from Gov. Hammond
which removed all personal objection, but reiterated his former remarks about the insult by Massachusetts
to South Carolina
, and her determination to be rid of Mr. Hoar
by some means.
On leaving the sheriff's office, Mr. Hoar
was proceeding to make a call, when he was stopped by a middle-aged, decently-dressed man, who presented a cane or club, asking, “Is your name Hoar
“Yes,” was the answer.
He then said, “You had better be traveling, and the sooner, the better for you, I can tell you; if you stay here until to-morrow morning, you will feel something you will not like, I am thinking.”
walked on, passing a number of young men assembled on the street-corner, who offered him no molestation.
In the evening, a Dr. Whitredge
, to whom Mr. Hoar
had brought a letter from Boston
, called upon him and urged him to leave the city at the earliest moment.
W. had been around the city, had just come from the Council, and regarded the danger to Mr.
H. as not only great, but imminent.
But a word was needed to bring on the meditated attack.
Yet he thought Mr. Hoar
, should he start at once, might get safely out of the city.
He urged him to procure a carriage, and go to his (W.'s) plantation, about twenty miles distant, where he would