These resolutions were justly described by Mr. 1 Garrison
as a ‘bribe to kidnappers,’ a ‘reward for the abduction of our persons’:
‘Scarcely,’ he continued, ‘has a proposition of so monstrous a nature ever been submitted to any public body in any country.
Yet, we presume, so indifferent or servile are nineteen-twentieths of the newspapers that it will elicit scarcely a single editorial rebuke.
Of one thing we are sure: all Southern threats and rewards will be insufficient to deter us from pursuing the work of emancipation.
As citizens of the United States, we know our rights and dare maintain them.
We have committed no crime, but are expending our health, comfort and means for the salvation of our country, and for the interest and security of infatuated slaveholders, as well as for the relief of the poor slaves.
We are not the enemies of the South because we tell her the truth.’
The proposition was, in fact, so monstrous that in our day an ill-informed chief magistrate of Georgia
, Governor Colquitt
, has publicly hazarded the belief that the tradition of it was ‘an utterly unfounded slander on the 2
Happily for him he was able to express this