A Georgia effigy of Garrison

The  December 3, 1831 Liberator includes a letter from Macon, Georgia, telling of a Mr. John Lamb who “got into difficulty in consequence of receiving your laudable paper”.   The letter tells of a mob who tarred and feathered Mr. Lamb, then poured oil on his head and set fire to it … then carried him on a rail to a river and ducked him into it, and then returned him to a post and whipped him.  “And now”, the letter continues,  “they are preparing an effigy of Garrison, hoping to burn it.”  The writer blushes “for my native state to think that such a spirit of opposition and bitterness should pervade it…”  A “p.s.” says that the writer is pleased that “our police did all they could to suppress the riot.”

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