The most effectual abolitionists
They who disturb abolition meetings with clamour and riot, the tarrers and featherers, and the lynchers, are, after all, the most effectual abolitionists. The slaveholders have to thank them for the unexampled spread of free opinions. They have to thank them that the members of abolition societies are now counted by myriads instead of thousands, their lecturers by hundreds instead of tens, and their presses by tens instead of units.
~ The Plaindealer (February 4, 1837)