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‘ [519] our returning to Boston: probably there is less danger than she imagines.’

To George W. Benson, Thursday A. M., September 17:

Jail or no jail, we are expecting to see you in Brooklyn 1 tomorrow noon, or on Saturday at farthest. . . .

I suppose you have heard of the presentation of a stout gallows to me, at 23 Brighton Street, Boston, by order of Judge Lynch. It was destroyed by the city authorities.2 I regret that it was not preserved for our Anti-Slavery Museum. Thompson has presented a brickbat to it, but this would have been a more substantial curiosity.

The slave States continue to be excessively agitated. They appear to have organized Vigilance Committees and Lynch Clubs in various places. The most daring propositions are made in the open face of heaven for the abduction of Arthur Tappan, George Thompson, and myself. Public and private appropriations of money, to a large amount, are made for our seizure. Our preservation is remarkable. I presume that our principal cities will be visited by assassins, legalized by the ‘State Rights’ Government to destroy us. It matters not. To the obedient, death is no calamity. If we perish, our loss will but hasten the destruction of slavery more certainly. My mind is full of peace—I know what it is to rejoice in tribulation.

The two rival political parties, Whigs and Jacksonians or Van Buren men, are striving to see who will show the most

1 Ms.

2 This incident is thus referred to in the Liberator of Sept. 19 (5.151):

A heavy present.

On Thursday night [Sept. 17], some persons (who evidently belong to that thriftless crew who are spoken of in holy writ as laboring in vain, and spending their strength for nought,) at considerable cost and trouble, but with the utmost quietude, erected a substantial gallows in front of our domicil, by order of their master, Beelzebub. It was made in real workmanship style, of maple joist, five inches through—8 or 9 feet high—for the accommodation of two persons. Two ropes were suspended at equal distances, with knots in hanging order—signifying, perhaps, that justice is about speedily to execute those twin-monsters, slavery and Colonization. By 9 o'clock in the morning the street was thronged with curious spectators, and soon after the city authorities ordered it to be sawed up and removed: no disturbance ensued. . . . ‘So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.’ An eye-witness remembers that it was decorated with sea-weed gathered from the conveniently near tide-water. It also bore the superscription, ‘By order of Judge Lynch.’ ‘If the Judge has arrived here,’ said the Post, ‘we advise him to take private lodgings while he stays, and clear out as soon as possible—he has got into the wrong box. Garrison has taken off his door-plate.’


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