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[249] ‘incendiary’ sentiment at a time when the abolition of slavery had made it perfectly safe to do so on the soil of Georgia—thanks to the editor who wrote further, on the news of the passage of the resolution:
‘A price set upon the head of a citizen of Massachusetts1 for what? For daring to give his opinions of the moral aspect of slavery! Where is the liberty of the press and of speech? where the spirit of our fathers? where the immunities secured to us by our Bill of Rights? Are we the slaves of Southern taskmasters? Is it treason to maintain the principles of the Declaration of Independence? Must we say that slavery is a sacred and benevolent institution, or be silent?—Know this, ye Senatorial Patrons of kidnappers! that we despise your threats as much as we deplore your infatuation; nay, more— know that a hundred men stand ready to fill our place as soon as it is made vacant by violence. The Liberator shall yet live— live to warn you of your danger and guilt—live to plead for the perishing slaves—live to hail the day of universal emancipation!’

The Northern, and especially the New-England, press, which had resented the North Carolina indictment and proposed demand for the extradition of Garrison and2 Knapp, seasoned its indignation at the Georgia offer with a humor still more fatal to Southern pretensions. Mr.3 Garrison wanted no better vindication than he found in the events succeeding the 22d of August, 1831, the bloody Monday on which Nat Turner and his fellow-slaves4 attacked some dozen white families in the neighborhood of Southampton, shot or otherwise murdered them outright—but without plunder or outrage—and threw not only Virginia but every slaveholding State into the5 wildest excitement. Of the whites fifty-five thus perished; the blacks, quickly dispersed and hunted, yielded at least a hundred victims, of whom many were doubtless innocent. The deluded ‘prophet,’ more fortunate than some of his followers, was hung: their flesh was 6 burnt with red-hot irons, their faces mutilated, their ‘jaws broken asunder and then set up as a mark to shoot at,’ their hamstrings cut, their bodies stuck like hogs, their

1 Lib. 1.207.

2 Lib. 1.175, 191.

3 Lib. 2.3, 7.

4 Niles' Register, Aug. 27, 1831, p. 455.

5 Ibid., Sept. 24, 1831, p. 67; Oct. 15, pp. 130, 131, Lib. 1.155, 162, 170, 174 190; 2.6.

6 Lib. 1.159.

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