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4 Described as ‘steam-doctors,’ i.e., Thomsonians (see Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms, s. v.) The plot was said to have embraced the extermination of the whites from Maryland to Louisiana. The abolitionists were not accused (as an association) of having any hand in it, but were of course vaguely connected with it (see “Memoirs of S. S. Prentiss,” 1.162). The local excitement was greatly intensified by the barbarous lynching of white gamblers at Vicksburg and Natchez (Lib. 5.126).
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