mob (October 21, 1835), which led Garrison
about with a rope round him-and might easily have ended in his death.
, the President
of the United States
, referred to the recent Pro-slavery demonstration at the North
in his Message to Congress, in December, 1835.
“ It is fortunate for the country,” he says, “that the good sense, the generous feeling, and the deep-rooted attachment of the people of the non-slaveholding States to the Union
, and to their fellow citizens of the same blood in the South
, have given so strong and impressive a tone to the sentiments entertained against the proceedings of the misguided persons who have engaged in these unconstitutional and wicked attempts [ ‘to circulate through the mails inflammatory appeals addressed to the passions of the slaves ’ ].”
Here was support from high quarters.
It was not till January, 1836, that the time came for Edward Everett
, to take notice of the entreaties of the Southern States
In his Message to the Massachusetts Legislature he intimated that the Abolitionists could be punished under the law as it stood: because “whatever by direct and necessary operation is calculated ”