How to Silence Lovejoy
A public meeting was held to determine how to deal with Elijah Lovejoy. A committee of five was appointed to oversee a resolution to request of Elijah Lovejoy “a discontinuance of the publication of his incendiary doctrines which alone have a tendency to disturb the quiet of our citizens and neighbors” The committee decided that instead of seeing him personally, they would send a letter. If they were hoping for a meek response of agreement, they were in for a disappointment.
Elijah Lovejoy told them he could not bow to their wishes without admitting that liberty of the press and freedom of speech were dead. It was clear that something stronger would be needed to stop Lovejoy.