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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 1: the Boston mob (second stage).—1835. (search)
n the presence of thousands of my fellow-citizens! O, base degeneracy from their parentstock! Josiah Quincy, Jr., afterwards Mayor of Boston, then President of the Common Council, saw the whole movement in Wilson's Lane from his office at 27 State Street. In obedience to his official duty, I rushed down, he says, Jan. 7, 1870 ( Garrison Mob, p. 54), and forced myself into his [Garrison's] immediate vicinity, and remained at his side until he was placed in a carriage and drove off. Charles Sprague, the banker poet, could also overlook the scene in Wilson's Lane: I saw an exasperated mob dragging a man along without his hat and with a rope about him. The man walked with head erect, calm countenance, flashing eyes, like a martyr going to the stake, full of faith and manly hope. The crowd turned into State Street, and I saw him no more (Quoted in Wendell Phillips's lecture on The Lyman Mob in Boston Music Hall, Nov. 17, 1870—Boston Journal, Nov. 18). At this point, Charles Burleigh