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[newspaper clipping]
	 FROM PHILADELPHIA.
		         
THE EFFECT HERE MR GIDDINGS AND HIS
     LECTURE THE SUNDAY IMBROGLIO THE
     POTATO DISEASE FREE TRADE STAGNATION
      SUNDRIES
From Our Own Correspondent.
		    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25, 1859.
  No one here, or in this latitude, exults in the
events at Harper s Ferry, except the demagogue
who seek to use them for the manufacture of polit-
ical capital.  This community does not sympathize
in the method adopted by Brown to abolish Slavery.
On the contrary, the sentiment is universal that the
man had become a monomaniac on the subject, and
while thus evidently crazy, took up arms for an
attempt which a sane man would be sure of having
instantly crushed out.  Now, this city gave birth
to the earliest Anti-Slavery Societies formed in
this country, and the feeling for emancipation has
consequently pervaded the entire population.  But
on no occasion has it ever assumed the shape given 
to it by Brown s insane attempt.  We deeply de-
plore the misguided frenzy of the man, as, if Slav-
ery in the South is to cease, we hold that the
conscience should be enlightened or the pocket
convinced, and that it should not be done in this
way, by pike or rifle.  All our newspapers
deplore the outbreak of Brown, the demagogues
only distorting it to the prejudice of those who
oppose the Democracy.  They cannot magnify it
as they are endeavoring to do.  The good sense of
the people will not only detect the imposture, but
it will discover that the North had no hand in
fomenting the disaster before it occurred, or in
justifying it afterward.  The effort to make the 
Republican party responsible for it, is of a piece
with other attempts to fasten on it great disturb-
ances with which it had neither connection nor
sympathy.  The presses which witnessed without
rebuke the outrages and murders committed by
Buford s Carolina outlaws, the sacking of Lawrence,
and all the long catalogue of horros inflicted on
the peaceful settlers in Kansas, are now rampant
for vengeance.  In this they may be glutted, but
they will fail in the attempt to make the Republican
party responsible except for its own public acts.
Yet the authorities even here, are acting as if our
free blacks were more dangerous citizens than the
enslaved ones in Virginia.  A volunteer company of
about forty colored men has been in existence here,
whom the Adjutant-General had supplied with arms
from the State Armory.  But since Brown s insane 
attempt, he has taken the muskets away from them.
That courageous old man, Joshua R. Giddings, has
come in for his usual share of Pro Slavery vilifica-
tion as an accomplice.  But youhave seen his flat-
footed denial of all knowledge of Brown s inten
tions.  On Monday this patriarch of Freedom lec-
tured before a densely crowded audience on the 
scenes he had witnessed in Congressional life.  He
spoke without notes, and opened by referring to 
the unfound rumor of his being privy to Brown s
designs.  His address was not of the political or
partizan character, but was almost exclusively
historical, with side touches of some of the dis-
tinguished and fiery spirits he had encountered in
his long career.  He described in language which
riveted the attention of the audience, the memor-
able scene when John Quincy Adams presented the
Massachusetts petition for a dissolution of the
Union; the demand to have it burned at once in
the presence of the House; the wild clamor
and furious excitement of the Southern
members, followed by Mr. Adam s motion
that the petition be referred to a committee,
with instruction to [rest of article cut off]
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and forty-two
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry.
Date:1859-10-25
Subject:African Americans; Brown, John; Giddings, Joshua R.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; John Brown's Raid, 1859; Slavery
Coverage (City/State):Harper's Ferry, [West Virginia]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.