of the public peace?
He should be consumed in the wrath of an indignant people
for his audacity.’
To this, and to a threat of assassination pencilled on the margin1
of the copy sent him,—‘Keep a sharp lookout for Colt
's revolver,’—Mr. Thompson
felicitously responded at Worcester
: “Those who plead for the American
slave are under the protection of Him who hath said: ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper.’
” Isa. 54.17.
But Mr. Garrison
's prediction to Father Mathew
that violence and2
lawlessness would stalk the land in 1850 as in 1835, had been fulfilled; and the end was not yet.
A pleasurable reminder of the earlier epoch was contained in the subjoined letter, from the author of “The martyr age of the United States
,” which crossed the ocean almost simultaneously with Thompson
Harriet Martineau to W. L. Garrison.