To Hon. John P. Bigelow, Mayor of Boston,
Feb. 17, 1851.
From this and all other accounts is seems that the rescue was effected by a
sudden, rapidly executed movement, and that no officer was very much to blame
in the matter. Shadrach, when last heard from, was out of Boston, on his way
to Canada. Her is probably safe. Marshal Devens was not in the city when the
rescue was effected. He was on his way from Washington, and reached Boston on
Monday evening. It is said that Mr. Debree claims the value of the alleged fugitive,
$1000, of him, and that he will pay it, as he is liable under the law. Elizur
Wright, one of the editors of the Commonwealth newspaper, was in the room when
the negroes broke in. Charles G. Davis, a lawyer, left just before. Both were
arrested on Tuesday, for aiding in the rescue. Wright's examination before B.
F. Hallett, U. S. Commissioner, resulted in his being held to trial, under $2000
bonds, which he readily obtained. The penalty is $1000 fine or six months imprisonment.
The examination of Davis commenced Thursday; the result is unknown. Joseph K.
Hayes, the superintendent of Tremont Temple, was arrested on Friday morning,
charged with aiding and abetting the rescue. He gave $3000 bail for his appearance
for examination next Thursday. Two negroes have also been arrested, making six
in the whole, up to Friday night.
The city authorities have taken measures to prevent another similar "outrage,"
and the President has issued a proclamation, which will be found in another
column. The Journal of Commerce of Friday contained the following telegraphic
dispatch. We can hardly believe it to be correct. The circumstances are not
sufficient to justify such a step.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.- Mr Webster told two Senators last Monday, that unless
prompt and vigorous measures were taken in relation to the Boston riot he would
resign in 24 hours. Suitable measures have been taken. The President has ordered
8 companies of the U. S. Marines to Boston, and called for State troops.
The expected message of the President on the Boston slave riot was not sent
in. A cabinet meeting was held on the subject. It is reported that the Charlestown
Navy Yard is to be the depot for fugitives and rioters, and that marines are
to guard them.