on the very day the Hannibal
cast anchor in New York harbor, and the Courier and Enquirer
at once associated it with his arrival.
The notorious Garrison
has returned; the ‘friends of immediate emancipation’ are summoned to meet together.
‘What, then, is to be2
Are we tamely to look on, and see this most dangerous species of fanaticism extending itself through society? . . . Or shall we, by promptly and fearlessly crushing this many-headed Hydra
in the bud, expose the weakness as well as the folly, madness, and mischief of these bold and dangerous men?’
Everybody, continued the editor, favors immediate emancipation with compensation, and accordingly he recommended the mob to accept the invitation to attend at Clinton Hall, that same evening (October 2), and to join in the calm and temperate discussion of the different propositions.
A communication to the same paper from the ‘Ghost of Peter the Hermit’ predicted slaughter as the result of the antislavery crusade, ‘if you listen to my voice now, and to the solicitations of the pacific Garrison
will undoubtedly have great weight with you from having abused and maligned your country with such patriotic ardor
He comes in the flush of triumph, and with the flatteries still on his ear of those who wish not
well to your country.’
Similar incentives were employed by the Standard
of the same date: ‘In this matter we3
have a duty to perform, not to ourselves alone, but to our brethren of the South
. . . . We are not astonished at the excitement which the acts of Garrison
and his friends have produced in this community. . . . Let the people look to it.’
Meantime, placards were posted about the city bearing the following significant