supporters a very few insignificant persons of all colors.1 This information, with the consent of the aldermen, I communicated to the above-named governors, with an assurance of my belief that the new fanaticism had not made, nor was likely to make, proselytes among the respectable classes of our people. In this, however, I was mistaken.Although Mayor Otis was lawyer enough to write his brother lawyer in South Carolina: ‘You must perceive the intrinsic, if not insuperable, obstacles to legislative enactments made to prevent crimes from being consummated beyond the local jurisdiction,’ he did not refuse to help lay a possible ‘foundation’ for some kind of Federal or inter-State action. The prying visit of his officers needed a pretext, and under the head of ‘Information Wanted’ we read in the Liberator of October 29:2
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