citizens were equally in need and equally devoid of protection at this moment.
honest Jonathan Walker
, sea-captain, caught in July, 1844, by the U. S. steamer General Taylor
sundry slaves aboard as voluntary passengers from the Federal Territory of Florida
to the Bahama Islands
; taken back in irons to Pensacola
and there jailed, chained to a ringbolt for fifteen days; afterwards put in the pillory for an hour, and pelted with rotten eggs; finally, by order of a Federal
court, branded on the right hand with “S. S.”
Lib. 15.115, 132.
for slave-stealer—lucky to escape at length with his life.
There was also the Rev. Charles T. Torrey
, who, two years before, being a newspaper correspondent in Washington
, had exercised his Constitutional right to visit Annapolis
to report a slaveholders' convention, was3
recognized, nearly lynched, and, upon his room at the tavern being searched, arrested for his temporary security, but on trial was released on bail.
This treatment led him to engage in several hazardous attempts to run slaves off from the border States, and in June, 1844, he was again4
in a Maryland jail—this time in Baltimore
—on a charge that shut out every prospect of local mercy or Federal intervention.
, on the happening of this fatal misfortune to his old enemy, banished all resentment, remembering those in bonds as bound with them—all the more because the same prison had once held himself.
He professed his5
readiness “to espouse his [Torrey's] cause as though he were my bosom friend,” Lib. 14.119.
helping pecuniarily with his mite, and by arousing public sympathy and indignation.