had established his paper, the Legislature of that State passed an act offering a reward of five thousand dollars to whomsoever should arrest, bring to trial, and prosecute its publisher to conviction.
was excluded from the United States
mails in all the slave States, illegal as such a proceeding was.
There was, however, opposition nearer home.
establishment was wrecked by a mob, and Garrison
, after having been stripped of nearly all his clothing, was dragged, bareheaded, by a rope round his body through the streets of Boston
until, to save his life, the authorities thrust him into jail.
No man in this country was so cordially hated by the slaveholders as Garrison
Of the big men up North
--the leaders of politics and society-they had no apprehension.
They knew how to manage them.
It was the little fellows like the editor of the Liberator
that gave them trouble.
These men had no money, but they could not be bought.
They had no fear of mobs.
They cared nothing for the scoldings of the church and the press.
An adverse public sentiment never disturbed their equanimity or caused them to turn a hair's breadth in their course.
It is true that Lundy
had very little to lose.
They had neither property nor social position.
That, however, cannot be said of another early Abolitionist, who, in some respects, is entitled to more consideration than any of his co-workers.
James Gillespie Birney
was a Southerner by birth.
He belonged to a family of financial and social prominence.
He was a gentleman of education and