Oct. 17th 1831.

Dear Sir

I hope you will pardon my
appeal to you, in consideration of our
long acquaintance, & of the momentous
& vital interests of which I am about
to treat. The dreadful events of
Augst last in our State, the want
of confidence & insecurity produced
by those horrors, compel me to
address you. To a wretch outraging
the Laws of God & Man, to the
Editor of the "Liberator" — one of your
community, — protected by your
Laws, we owe in greatest mea-
sure
this calamity. His paper
is widely circulated even in this
Town. Think you not that the
blood of the innocent, the helpless,
will be required of those who
suffer such inflammatory pub-
lications to issue from their
community, without the slight-
est check of fine or imprison-
ment. I think he merits Death
you would pronounce sentence of
Death, on an Incendiary who would
fire your City, throw a match into

your powder magazine. Is not
the Editor of the Liberator an
incendiary of the very worst
description — He inculcates in-
surrection, murder, cruelty,
& baseness, in every shape. The
most lenient are as frequently
the victims, as the most rigorous,
& even more frequently; since
nine times out of ten, a negro
loves those best who are least
indulgent — fear not princi-
ple
governing the far far greater
part. Our whites unhappily
evince too much fear of these
wretches — they can never suc-
ceed in subjugating the Whites,
but our young & lovely females,
infant innocence, & helpless age
will be their victims — it is like
like a smothered volcano — we
know not when, or where, the
flame will burst forth, but we
know that death in the most
horrid forms threatens us. Some have died, others have become deran-
ged from apprehension, since the
South Hampton affair. Can you
reflect on the instrument employed
for our destruction — that we may
trace the train as far as Boston,
& not use your efforts to arrest its
course, to make an example of
the Author of evil. Your Southern
Brethren incurred this curse by
no act of their own, they are
endeavouring by degrees, & consistent-
ly with their safety, & even existence,
to remove it. Suffer them to do
what they know to be best, & let
their Eastern, & Northern Brethren
from a false principle of Philan-
thropy, make the blacks misera-
ble, discontented, & rebellious, &
force the whites to exterminate
them. I have been assured by se-
veral Gentlemen who have visi-
ted the devoted district, that should
the blacks attempt to rise there
again, they will be extermina-
ted; the excitement is so great.
We cannot leave our State, our
only means of subsistence is here,
we cannot dispose of our proper-
ty to any advantage. We must there -fore risk the horrors that may
be impending. I have never ap-
peared
to fear them, & I will not,
but I cannot feel secure or hap-
py now, I confess. My darling child-
ren & grandchildren are dearer
to me than life. Mr & Mrs Butler,
& their lovely son, will go to Louisi-
ana the 1st Novr., I expect & fear.
My son & his family reside in Fredk.
County where I shall go with Angela
the last of Novr, for two months, after
which we shall reside again at Wood-
lawn. My family unite with me in
respectful regards to yourself & family
& to our other tried Boston
friends. Can you tell me any-
thing of [Mrs Walusky?] .

Respectfully your friend
EP Lewis

25.5 cm x 20.3 cm

From the Harrison Gray Otis papers, Ms. N-617