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‘ [521] scarcely an exception, is now out in opposition to the anti-slavery party.’ There are, Mr. Gazette, many noble and very cheering exceptions: instance the New York Evening Post, New York Sun, Salem Gazette, &c., &c. And even the Boston Courier appears to be looking out afar—elevating his nose like a pig in the wind—and carefully oiling the pivot of the vane that it may easily tack about when the right breeze shall spring up. I have this day's Courier before me. It contains the first of a series of letters to Messrs. Otis, Sprague and Fletcher, taking anti-slavery ground, and having many shrewd and just remarks. If the others are as good, good will follow from their publication. Buckingham evidently cares little for1 the South. He commends the resolutions offered at New Haven as substitutes for those brought forward by the proslavery party, and adds: “In most of the resolutions passed on this subject [abolition] in the Northern States there is a lamentable want of self-respect, and manifestations of an overflowing spirit of cowardly truckling to Southern arrogance and presumption.”

May, who was with me to-day, informed me that a recent2 Southern paper has stated that if the prominent fanatics were not put down by the strong arm of the Law in the North, assassination would cease to be reprehensible or dishonorable. Such writing must do good. Let the South go the whole length of the rope, and let there henceforth be no mistake about the meaning of the words ‘Southern chivalry,’ ‘highmindedness,’ ‘nobility,’ ‘bravery,’ ‘generosity,’ &c., &c.

I have greatly admired all the articles you have written since the recent tornado commenced. Go on, go on. One word of counsel—no, suffer the expression of a thought. There is now enough excitement. An appetite to read has been created, and this is the time for a full, dignified and explicit development of our principles, and a calm retrospect of the course we have pursued. Might not these be woven into the replies to the Faneuil Hall Triumvirate? Hundreds are now just awake on the subject. I want their first food to be simple, pure and nourishing. . . .


The final editorial directions to Henry Benson from his brother-in-law were as follows, under date of Saturday, September 19:

Your letter of the 16th, with a bundle of papers, was3 brought here yesterday by brother George. I have gone over4

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