Anti-Abolition violence, and Angelina Grimke

Sept 12, 1835

In a letter to George W. Benson, Garrison summarizes some recent evidence of hatred against abolitionists.  He mentions that Benson himself has been put in a Providence jail “for safe keeping from your enemies”.  George Thompson is in Pittsburgh, fearful to come back to Boston.  A meeting in Haverhill was broken up by a “shower of brickbats”.  Thompson and Whittier have been pelted with mud and stones, in Concord.  “That some of us will be assassinated or abducted, seems more than probable — but there is much apparent, without any real danger.”  Garrison then quotes a note which has come to him from Angelina Grimke:  “with a spirit worthy of the best days of martyrdom, she says — ‘A hope gleams across my mind, that our blood will be spilt, instead of the slaveholders:  our lives will be taken, and theirs spared.’  Is this not Christ-like?”   1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI