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.”
To the same, September 12: