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[311] tendency, apart from intent, was sufficient to make a misdemeanor, the same doctrine was applicable to the tariff discussion and even to the Massachusetts Bill of Rights. The writer in the Atlas, who signed himself ‘Z. Z.,’ and was, we are told, a ‘highly estimable and1 intelligent member of the bar,’ dissected the charge in five well-considered articles, which were successively2 reproduced in the Liberator. In conclusion it was shown why the North might lawfully examine the subject of slavery, by which it was affected in so many ways—as, in its liability to help put down revolt, its exposure to kidnapping, its share in the regulation of the District of Columbia, its right to oppose the admission of slave States, etc.

Little did Governor Floyd of Virginia, recommending the Legislature in December to protect the sovereignty of the State against publications in Boston, New York and other places ‘calculated and tending [Judge Thacher's3 word] to inflame the slave population of the United States, and incite them to insurrection’; little did the Colonization Society, dream that the thunderbolts forged against itself had nearly cost the Liberator its life:

‘It was with much delicacy of feeling,’ writes Mr. Garrison4 to Robert Purvis, Dec. 10, 1832,

and a strong reluctance, that we addressed our Circular to some of our Philadelphia friends, conscious how much they had done to give stability to the Liberator. But we had but this hard alternative—either to suffer the paper to die, or make known the embarrassments into which the publication of our Thoughts had unavoidably plunged us. The idea of the suppression of the Liberator was to us as dreadful almost as the cutting off a right hand, or plucking out a right eye. How would Southern kidnappers and their apologists shout! What a prodigious shock would be given to the lively sensibilities of the friends of humanity in every part of the nation! What extensive injury would be done to the abolition cause! With what exultations would its overthrow be hailed by the Colonization leaders!

I am happy to inform you that the appeal we put forth to our friends will not be in vain. Already we are enabled to assure you that there is no cause for apprehension in regard to

1 Lib. 2.118.

2 Lib. 2.118, 122, 125, 130, 149.

3 Lib. 2.199.

4 Ms.

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