Another Expulsion from Kentucky
More Anti-Slavery Men Banished – Mob Law Enforced.
Some of the persons lately expelled from Berea, Madison County, Ky., having manifested an intention of taking up their abodes in Bracken and Lewis Counties, strong manifestations of displeasure have been exhibited by a portion of the inhabitants of those localities. The excitement has been growing more intense for a week or two past, and at last found its vent at meetings.
At one of these meetings, held at Orangeburg, the following resolution was adopted:
That the Rev. James Davis (a co-worker with the Rev. John G. Fee, and one of those expelled from Madison) is, as we understand, now a resident of Cabin Creek, in Lewis County, Ky., and has, as we are informed, recently received for circulation a large number of “Helper’s Compendium of the Impending Crisis of the South,” [About this book, here; the on- line version of the entire text is here], a book, in the estimation of this meeting, dangerous in it spirit and tendencies. Be it there further resolved, that his presence and resistance among us is highly objectionable, and that he be, and is hereby, advised and requested to remove from Kentucky, and that Charles Dimmitt, John R. Bean, James Francis, Samuel Hord, James Hise, Garrett Bradley, and Leonard Bean, are hereby appointed a committee to inform Mr. Davis of the purposed and object of this meeting, and that he comply with the said request within seven days next after the same is made of him, or suffer the consequence on noncompliance herewith. Duty, safety, and the interest of the community compelling us, in the even of non-compliance, to resort to means alike painful to us and hazardous to him.
A committee representing the organized mob proceeded on Thursday, the 25th of Jan., to the work assigned to them, and notified Fee, Hanson, Mallett, Holley, Robinson, Grigson, and Griffin, that they must be without the State on or by the 4th of February next.
They first met in Germantown, and proceeded in a body to the residence of Mr. John Humlong, and called for J. B. Mallett.
He came out within a few steps of the Company, when the chairman, Dr. Bradford, called out in a stern voice, as follows: “Walk this way, Mr. Mallett; don’t have any fears, we don’t intend to hurt you.” Mr. Mallett replied, “No he expected not: in the company of Gentlemen, he supposed.” Dr. Bradford read the resolutions, and asked, “Do you intend to leave?” Mr. Mallett replied that he had said he intended to do so.
Mr. Mallett asked the privilege of making a few remarks, but was told the mob had no time to listen. Mr. Humlong asked and was also denied this privilege. However, he made the inquiry what was this for? They replied, for teaching incendiary and insurrectional sentiments. Mr. H. said he would say to the contrary the teaching had always been that of peace.
They then proceeded to G. G. Hanson’s, and in the same pompous manner notified his son to leave.
They next called at Mr. Vincent Hamilton’s, father-in-law of J. G. Fee. Mr. Fee told them he had intended to leave, yet in their notice he recognized no right to require him to leave. He asked the mob to pause a moment, but the chairman ordered them to proceed. He was previously told that he was smart enough to keep out of the hands of the law, and this was the only course to get him out. As one of the mob passed, Mr. Fee extended his hand, and said:
“Do you approve of this action?”
“Yes, I do,” was the reply.
“Well,” said Fee, “We took vows together in the same church. I expected different things of you.”
In that mob were schoolmates, parents of schoolmates, and life-long acquaintances.
From this they proceeded to the residence of Mr. John D. Gregg, where Mr. Holman was stopping, in feeble health, and notified him, without a show of authority from any previous meeting. Ordering him, peremptorily, to be without the state by the 4th of February next.
The exiles left Germantown on Saturday morning. Eighteen, including women and children, made up the company of the expelled, and some of these persons arrived in this city [Cincinnati] last night. Legal ad vice was taken prior to their leaving their homes, as to the best course to be pursued. It was found that they could only remain by resisting the mob, and this was not deemed advisable. It was therefore advised to withdraw quietly.
At Felicity, on Saturday night, a part of the exiles were present at a large meeting held in the M. E. Church.
The names of those who arrived here last night are as follows: C. E. Griffin and lady; Rev. John G. Fee; J. G. Hanson; G. R. Holman; J. B. Mallett; and Oliver Griggson.
From the New York Times of February 4, 1860, where they note they took it from the Cincinnati Gazette of January 31.