Garrison to his Prosecutor

My 13, 1830

Garrison writes to his prosecutor. “Your presumptuous, feeble, ridiculous remarks upon the subject of slavery, and the rights of slaveholders, exhausted my patience. A buzzing fly may disturb the equanimity of a sage; but if a pin be stuck through its wings, the insect, Sir, is harmless . Beware of my pen!”1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI