Petition for release of Charles Torrey

February 27, 1846

From the Boston Daily Star, is a letter Mrs. Torrey has written to the Governor of Maryland, asking for the release of Torrey on grounds of his ill health. Reference is made to a petition signed by numerous persons of note.

There is also a lengthy unsigned comment on the petition and Mrs. Torrey’s letter,  presenting an argument that the terms for his release suggested in the petition are humiliating and “unworthy of the spirit of a martyr”, and the writer indicates that were he in Torrey’s shoes “we would a thousand times sooner welcome death in the penitentiary” rather than accepting liberation on such terms. It concludes, “A sense of duty compels us thus to enter our dissent.”