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‘ [236] looked upon by men of high honor and noble feeling as in any degree elevated above a level with slaves.’ If Boston did not suppress the Liberator, the Southerners would. The third letter was from a friendly clergyman,1 who reported to Mr. Garrison a conversation in a stagecoach on the way to Boston, of which the subject was ‘the recent insurrection of the blacks in Virginia.’ One said.
‘It was his opinion, and the opinion of many others, that2 Wm. L. Garrison had contributed in no small degree to the excitement among the blacks which had eventuated in that sad catastrophe; that he was inclined to think that “Mr. Garrison would not be permitted to live long” —that he would be “taken away, and no one be the wiser for it.” He also stated that this was the opinion of many persons at the South, where he had been living the season past; and he added, that “he had not the least doubt if Mr. Garrison were to go to the South, he would be dispatched immediately” ; and that he had heard this opinion expressed by persons at the South repeatedly.’

To the clergyman Mr. Garrison says: ‘I thank him3 for his friendly disclosures: they confirm the threats in the preceding epistles, but only add to my strength and stature.’ He is willing his life should be sacrificed, if required; it would undoubtedly ‘accomplish more for the anti-slavery cause than even the violent death of Morgan has done for the anti-masonic cause. This consideration is in the highest degree consolatory.’ As for the planters: ‘I would not, wittingly, harm a hair of their heads, nor injure them in their lawful property. I am not their enemy, but their friend. It is true, I abhor their oppressive acts; nor will I cease to denounce them ’

1 Rev. La Roy Sunderland, of the Methodist denomination, then settled at Andover, Mass. (Lib. 3:[94], and p. VIII. of Phelps's “Lectures on slavery and its remedy,” 1834). In 1836 he founded in New York Zion's Watchman. a staunch anti-slavery paper (Lib. 6.11, and Johnson's “Garrison,” pp. 187, 239), and published “The testimony of God against slavery,” Mr. Garrison thanked him privately for his warning, in a letter dated Sept., 8, 1831. first printed in Lib. Sept. 18, 1857.

2 Lib. 1.145.

3 Lib. 1.145.

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