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Five thousand dollars were offered on the Exchange in New1 York for the head of Arthur Tappan on Friday last. Elizur Wright is barricading his house with shutters, bars and bolts.2 . . . Judge Jay has been with us two or three days. He is as firm as the everlasting hills.

The protests of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society34 and of the editor of the Liberator against the Southern and pro-slavery charge of sending their publications to the slaves—(‘Not one of the Southern editors,’ said Mr. Garrison, ‘ventures to quote a single paragraph or sentence from the “incendiary” publications which, as they declare, have been sent to the South’)—could have no effect amid the thick-gathering storm of public and official fury. During the week before the Faneuil Hall meeting assembled, committees of vigilance were being5 formed at the South to look out for abolition emissaries and documents; steamboats and railroad trains were put under surveillance; the mails were violated with impunity. At a public meeting in the Charleston City Hall, the free States were urged to manifest their disapprobation of the disseminators of a ‘moral pestilence,’ not merely by word of mouth, but ‘by the most active, zealous, and persevering efforts’ to put them and their organizations down; and it was firmly declared that the post-office could not constitutionally be made an 6 instrument for disseminating publications prohibited from circulation by the laws of any State. Worse than all, Jackson's Postmaster-General, Amos Kendall, despite his Massachusetts birth, responded to the postmaster at7 Charleston that while he could not exclude papers from the mails for their tendency, he would not instruct his subordinates to forward them. He took the postmaster's word for it that the papers in question were ‘the most inflammatory and incendiary—and insurrectionary in ’

1 Aug. 14, 1835.

2 Letters of L. M. Child, p. 16.

3 An address to the public, in the same sense, written by William Jay, was put forth on Sept. 3, by the American A. S. Society, of which Judge Jay was the Secretary for Foreign Correspondence ( “Life of Arthur Tappan,” p. 246; Lib. 5: 146; Niles' Register, 49: 28).

4 Lib. 5.134.

5 Lib. 5.133, 135.

6 Lib. 5.135.

7 Lib. 5.135.

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