‘Let the offender, then, in this case, be demanded by the President or the Governor of Virginia, and prosecuted in the place where he has procured his incendiary paper to be distributed; and I think law may be found to punish him. I will answer for the event if we lay hands upon him in Virginia. If the Governor of Massachusetts should refuse, then let the People of the South offer an adequate reward to any person who will deliver him, dead or alive, into the hands of the authorities of any State south of the Potomac.’This temper seemed to the Intelligencer ‘very natural under the circumstances,’ if inexpedient to act upon; the legal view it would not dispute. The ‘desperate proposal,’ exclaims Mr. Garrison, ‘caps the climax of Southern mendacity and folly. My contempt of it is unutterable. Nothing but my own death, or a want of patronage, shall stop the Liberator.’ When the Southern papers call him hostis humani generis, a ‘fiendish editor,’ the ‘apologist of the blacks in the recent Virginia insurrection,’ he replies: ‘Although I preach submission to2 ’
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