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disrespect for the Constitution, actual disruption and annihilation of the Union, and a cessation of all order, legal or divine, which does not square with his narrow views of what constitutes human liberty.
Never, in the time of the French Revolution and blasphemous atheism, was there more malevolence and unblushing wickedness avowed than by this same Garrison.
Indeed, he surpasses Robespierre and his associates, for he has no design of building up. His only object is to destroy. . . . In Boston, a few months ago, a convention was held, the object of which was the overthrow of Sunday worship.
Thus it appears that nothing divine or secular is respected by these fanatics.
Ante, p. 262.
The lesson of the hour was, that—
When free discussion does not promote the public good,
Lib. 20.77. it has no more right to exist than a bad government that is dangerous and oppressive to the common weal.
It should be overthrown.
On the question of usefulness to the public of the packe
o weapon formed against you shall prosper.
Isa. 54.17. But Mr. Garrison's prediction to Father Mathew that violence and
Ante, p. 256. lawlessness would stalk the land in 1850 as in 1835, had been fulfilled; and the end was not yet.
A pleasurable reminder of the earlier epoch was contained in the subjoined letter, from the author of The martyr age of the United States, which crossed the ocean almost simultaneously with Thompson:
Harriet Martineau to W. L. Garrison.
The Knoll, Ambleside, October 23d, 1850.
my dear friend: This is just to say that if you should ere long receive £10 by the hands of my friend Ellis Gray Loring, I hope you will accept it for the Liberator, as my very humble offering in your great cause.
I don't know for certain that you will get it. That depends on whether I get properly paid by an American publishing firm.
I have no reason whatever to doubt their doing their duty by me. It is only that, somehow or other, such payments seldom come i
employed, to engineer the Astor Place riot on behalf of the actor
Edwin Forrest; Lib. 19.79. Forrest against his English rival Macready, on May 10, 1849, and the year 1850 opened with his trial for this
Lib. 20.24. atrocity and his successful defence by John Van Buren.
On February 16 he and his Club broke up an anti-Wilmot
Nat. A. S. Standard, 10.20. Proviso meeting in New York—a seeming inconsistency, but it was charged against Rynders that he had offered
Lib. 20.86. to give the State of New York to Clay in the election of 1844 for $30,000, and met with a reluctant refusal.
In March he was arrested for a brutal assault on a gentleman
Lib. 20.43. in a hotel, but the victim and the witnesses found it prudent not to appear against a ruffian who did not hesitate to threaten the district-attorney in open court.
Meanwhile, the new Whig Administration quite justifiably discharged Rynders from the Custom-house, leaving him free to pose as a saviour of the Union against traitors—a sa