While engaged in his office he received some packages that had been wrapped in newspapers, among which happened to be a copy or two of Abolition journals.
At the request of a gentleman who was present at the unpacking he gave him one of the publications.
Having looked it over the gentleman dropped it, where it was picked up by some one who was on the lookout for incendiary publications.
No little excitement followed its discovery.
The community was aroused.
Indeed, so great was the agitation occasioned that Dr. Crandall
, to whom the inhibited paper had been traced, was in great physical danger from mob violence.
He was arrested, and, partly to save his life, was thrust into jail, where he remained for eight months. He was tried and, although acquitted, was really made the subject of capital punishment.
Tuberculosis developed as the result of his incarceration, and death soon followed.
Of many cases of the kind that might be cited, perhaps none is more strikingly illustrative than that of Charles Turner Torrey
, a New England
man. He was accused of helping a slave to escape from the city of Baltimore
, and being convicted on what was said to be perjured testimony, was sent to the penitentiary for a long term of years.
The confinement was fatal, a galloping consumption mercifully putting a speedy end to his confinement.
And then a remarkable incident occurred.
was a minister in good standing of the Congregational
denomination, and also a member of the Park Avenue Church
Arrangements were made for funeral exercises in that church, but its