, commencing practice in his native city, and not versed, perhaps, in the riot statutes, wondered why his regiment was not called out.”
An alderman, when questioned while the riot was in progress, “intimated that, though it was the duty of the mayor to put down the riot, the city government did not very much disapprove of the mob to put down such agitators as Garrison
and those like him.”
The editor of the New England
Galaxy overheard a justice of the peace remark: “I hope they will catch him (Garrison
) and tar and feather him; and though I would not assist, I can tell them five dollars are ready for the man that will do it.”
The press, secular and religious, unanimously showed its opposition to the Abolitionists in this matter.
The Daily Advertiser considered “the whole transaction as the triumph of the law over lawless violence,” and the Christian Watchman (save the mark!), a Baptist journal, declared that the Abolitionists were as culpable as the mob.
In the pages of the Liberator Garrison
described the riot, and attacked its promoters and sympathizers with his customary force and ability.
During the danger he had not for a moment lost his composure, as all who saw him bore witness, friend and foe alike.
“Throughout the whole of the trying scene,”