Tar and Feathers for Beecher

June 2, 1854

The Washington Sentinel, referring to an offer which has been extended for Henry Ward Beecher to settle in that city: “We know not what pay his Northern admirers might give him, though we can assure him that if, under pretence of preaching the Gospel, he undertakes to malign us after his old fashion, in our very midst, the people of Washington will pay him in tar and feathers, or some other similar currency. If he courts martyrdom, let him try the experiment.”