Bowie Knives in the Senate

April 2, 1847

An item from the Gospel Banner – There is a quote from Senator Colquitt, from Georgia, clergyman and slaveholder … he is quoted as saying, “if division and disunion must come, there would be found men of the South ready enough and brave enough to commence the struggle; and they would commence it here — here; the very carpet that covers this legislative floor, might be stained with the blood of those who now stand upon it.”   The Banner comments:  “Does he carry a bowie knife, with which to assassinate the advocates of Liberty on that floor?  The man ought to have been taken instantly into custody, his person examined for deadly weapons, and then he should have been expelled from the chamber, which was desecrated by his bloody threat.”