Mob on Cape Cod

September 1, 1848

A letter to Garrison, from Benjamin F. Hathaway tells of a mob which attacked an anti-slavery meeting.  Among the speakers listed:  Parker Pillsbury, S.S. Foster, Lucy Stone, and W.W. Brown.

The writer recounts “.. a scene such as I was unwilling to believe human beings, wearing the human form, capable of perpetrating, until convinced by ocular demonstration.  Cries of ‘Haul them out’, ‘Down with them,’  ‘Tar and feather him’, ‘Ride him on a rail’,. ‘Pass out that nigger’ with other choice selections from their vocabulary, were preliminaries….”