In its Refuge of Oppression column, a February, 1839, Liberator quotes two letters under the sarcastic title, Polite Letters from the South. One letter, from Somerton, Virginia, addressed Garrison: “You can remain in Boston, and preach your doctrines, but coward-like, afraid to open your mouth elsewhere. The writer will visit your paper soon, and pull your d___d nose for you”.
The second letter, from the Lynch Club of Charleston, South Carolina addresses Garrison: “You son of a bitch: If you ever send such papers here again, we will come and give you a good Lynching; for the State will pay all expenses. So you had better keep them at home”.