Governor Gardner and Judge Loring

May 18, 1855

The Governor has refused to remove Judge Loring.  After recounting the Governor’s stated reasons, the article comments:  “This is not a temporary issue.  It is no trifling matter, insignificant as the Judge it seems, at first sight, alone to concern. The character of the State is in the balance — the purity of her Judiciary…. Shall Massachusetts range herself on the side of Freedom?  ….. Judges are not responsible to the people, says the Governor.  Well, Governors are.  Let us remember that the anti-Slavery party have never asked anything of the Legislature that they have not in the end obtained. We are inexorable as fate  — and we bide our time.   Signed  “W.P.”