A Coming Together
Story's interrogator on the near-lynching of Garrison was Harriet Martineau, English writer and intellectual. She landed in America in mid-September of 1834, and quickly learned of current political attitudes.
The first gentleman who greeted. . .my arrival in the United States, a few minutes after I had landed, informed me without delay, that I had arrived at an unhappy crisis; that the institutions of the country would be in ruins before my return to England; that the levelling spirit was desolating society; and that the United States were on the verge of a military despotism.1
This was but the first of many warnings. She wondered about the imminence of military dictatorship in view of the absence of soldiers, save for a few she saw at West Point; otherwise, the views seemed remarkably similar to those she had heard in response to reform efforts in her own Britain. Doubtless the malaise was the same in both cases -- the frustration of men of affairs____________________