, had appeared in the Genius of June 28, 1828, more than a year before.
So eager were the Southern Colonizationists to get rid of the free colored people that they even invoked special appropriations for the purpose from their State Legislatures and from Congress, and the proposition was favored by Henry Clay, who was the foremost supporter of the Colonization Society in Kentucky; but these schemes failed.
A committee of the Maryland Legislature reported favorably, but in Georgia and Missouri the proposal met with decided disapproval. A long address by Clay before the Kentucky society was elaborately reviewed and criticized in the Genius by Garrison, who began his series of articles with a fresh avowal of his admiration for Clay, and of the
G. U. E., Feb. 12, 1830, p. 179. satisfaction with which he looked forward to his ultimate elevation to the Presidency,—the champion who is destined to save this country from anarchy, corruption and ruin.
This did not prevent his dealing
, was as liable to forfeit its human freight as a foreign cruiser, and this happened to one such, the Enterprise, driven into Bermuda by stress of weather (Lib. 5.47, 51, 85). and in many respects the former equalled and even exceeded the latter in its dreadful features.
Coffles of slaves, chained together and driven under the lash, were constantly wending their way on foot, under the scorching sun, along the Southern highways to the distant States of Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, or were conveyed in steamers down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, or in sailing vessels along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to New Orleans, the great slave mart of the South.
The arrivals of these cargoes of living freight were reported in the newspapers as unblushingly as if they had been cattle, or bales of cotton, or other merchandise.
In a single week—that ending Oct. 16, 1831—371 slaves were landed in New Orleans, chiefly from Alexandria, Norfolk, and Charleston (Niles' Register,