Newspapers on the situation.
[from the National Intelligencer, July 15, 1846.]
‘The Cincinnati (Ohio) Chronicle
of the 9th instant says that the emancipated slaves of John Randolph
, who recently passed up the Miami Canal
to their settlement in Mercer county, Ohio
, met with a warm reception at Bremen
The citizens of Mercer county
turned out en masse
and called a meeting, or rather formed themselves into one immediately, and passed resolutions to the effect that said slaves should leave in twenty-four hours, which they did, in other boats than the ones which conveyed them there.
They came back some twenty three miles, at which place they encamped, not knowing what to do.’
[From the National Intelligencer
, July 24, 1846.]
‘The Sidney (Ohio) Aurora
of the 11th says these negroes (the Randolph
negroes) remain on Colonel Johnson
's farm, near Piqua
That paper condemns in decided terms the conduct of the citizens in Mercer
in the late outbreak, and insists that they should have made their objections known before the land was purchased, and not waited until they had drawn the last cent they would expect out of the blacks (some $32,000), and then raised an armed force and refuse to let them take possession of their property, as they have done.
We look upon the whole proceeding as outrageous in the extreme, and the participants should be severely punished.
What makes the thing worse is the fact that a number of those who were fiercest in their opposition to the blacks, and loudest in their threats to shoot, &c., were the very persons who sold them land, received wages for constructing the buildings, and actually pocketed a large amount of money for provisions not two weeks before the arrival of the poor creatures whom they have so unjustly treated.’