Come-outers in jail

November 15, 2006

January 31, 1851

Depending on a source in the Barnstable Patriot, and from the Journal, here is a brief article about “come-outers”: “Several of these poor deluded beings in Barnstable, whose actions we have before noticed, are now on trial in that town for an assault upon a constable when in the discharge of his duty…the poor creatures are insane, and can hardly be held responsible for their acts.  ….the most fitting place for these unfortunate beings is in the Insane Hospital .”

The editor comments:  “These ‘poor deluded beings’ are undoubtedly laboring under religious insanity.  Though nick-named ‘Come-outers’, they have scouted the anti-slavery movement as a very carnal affair.”