Letter from Isaac Knapp, Boston, [Massachusetts], to William Lloyd Garrison, 1835 Oct[ober] 26
Isaac Knapp writes to William Lloyd Garrison thanking God that he "is "now, comparatively, safe from the fury of a misguided and ferocious mob." Knapp states that while no more violence has occurred since Garrison left Boston, if he remained one more night "the house would have been attacked." He says that the "mobites ... know that so long as they continue their plunder and violence to the property and persons of anti-slavery men, they can act with perfect impunity." He tells Garrison that the authorities are determined to "put down anti-slavery presses and anti-slavery discussions, rather than mobs," but as this fact becomes more known, it encourages some individuals to "boldly avow their determination" to attend future abolitionist meetings. Knapp also says he has loaned the Liberator $600 that he borrowed from friends and he is searching for a new office to publish the paper. He suggests that Garrison stay in Brooklyn, Connecticut, telling him that, "Even if there were no personal danger here, the cause, I believe, will be benefitted by your rusticating a while." In the postscript, Knapp says that if Garrison agrees to have the office furniture packed he would "like to have Brother Henry or George present."