“Trial and Conviction”
Charleston, South Carolina, February 28th, 1876. Hon. Frederick Douglass, Washington, District of Columbia.
My Dear Sir and Friend,
When we last met in 1872, the situation in the South, and my position there, was along and earnest theme between us, and I think then, we did not materially differ, as to the duties and policy of our race as a part of the fixed industrial and political elements. The constantly increasing and alarming intrusion of the worst class of white political adventurers from the North, was with us, a subject of the deepest interest.
So long as the black man can be made to serve the purposes of this class, he may consider himself secure, but the moment he ceases to do this, he becomes the subject of resentment and opposition, if not attack and punishment. To these adventurers, he at once becomes offensive. Such, as an individual, I have ever been, and in a series of short articles, in this pamphlet, I propose to lay before the country, the true character of so called radicalism, as it exists in the state of South Carolina, and the alarming extent to which it has gone, in subverting the rights and liberties of the people, especially those who oppose them whether white or black, as exhibited in my own case.
In the worst of times of ANTE BELLUM days, during the existence of an institution that was national and recognized by the constitution, defended by the North and South, supported by the Supreme Court and Treasury, Army and Navy of the