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My heart bleeds over him. God is merciful and long-suffering —and there lies all my hope of his complete restoration.

To George W. Benson, at Providence, September 4:

How imminent is the danger that hovers about the persons1 of our friends George Thompson and Arthur Tappan! Rewards for the seizure of the latter are multiplying—in one place they offer three thousand dollars for his ears—a purse has been made up, publicly, of $20,000, in New Orleans, for his person. I, too,2 —I desire to bless God,—am involved in almost equal peril. I have just received a letter written evidently by a friendly hand, in which I am apprised that “my life is sought after, and a reward of $20,000 has been offered for my head by six Mississippians.” He says— “Beware of the assassin! May God protect you!” and signs himself “A Marylander, and a resident of Philadelphia.” 3

To the same, September 12:

Rumor is very busy in disposing of the persons of 4 abolitionists. One day, she sends Arthur and Lewis Tappan across the Atlantic as fast as the winds and waves can carry them. On the next, she puts you into Providence jail, at the suggestion of your friends, for safe keeping from your enemies. Thompson she transports to Pittsburgh; and she says I am here because I dare not go back to Boston. It is thus we relieve the tediousness and monotony of those who have nothing to do but to scandalize and gossip.

I have just received a letter from Brother May, written5 immediately after his meeting was broken up by a shower of brickbats, &c., in Haverhill. By the tone of it you would 6 suppose he had done something better than making a fortune. He manifests a lofty spirit and indomitable courage.

Our brother Thompson had a narrow escape from the mob7 at Concord, and Whittier was pelted with mud and stones, but


1 Ms.

2 Lib. 5.153, 157.

3 About the same time must have reached Mr. Garrison a precious Ms. document, postage ($1.50) wilfully unpaid, mailed in his care from Pocotaligo, S. C., by W. Ferguson Hutson, Secretary of the Vigilance Committee of Prince William's Parish, and addressed to Levi Woodbury, of New Hampshire, as the supposed author of ‘a certain incendiary publication called Human Rights.’ The writer hints at offering rewards for the abduction of ‘the leading men who are thirsting for our blood’—‘your Tappans, Garrisons, and Woodburys’—and thinks the Yankees would readily turn to ‘vending more profitable notions than wooden nutmegs.’

4 Ms. to G. W. Benson.

5 September 2, 1835.

6 Lib. 5.143; May's Recollections, p. 152.

7 Lib. 5.157; Kennedy's J. G. Whittier, p. 112.

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