Rachel Mordecai Lazarus1831-10-06George MordecaiWilmington, DE34.2257255-77.9447102I can readily conceive the alarm and anxiety which must have been excited in your mind by the shocking reports of us which were so groundlessly circulated far and wide. During the period of the first and greatest commotion among our townsfolk, I though the accounts (as they eventually proved) so vague that I felt merely a state of discomfort from the scene of indefinable terror and confusion around me without realizing sufficiently to partake of them, and as [our brother] Washington no doubt informed you, we remained quietly at home during the day and night (a very inclement one), when many were exposing themselves in the streets or crowding into the bank and other houses on the front street. The horrible disclosures which have subsequently been made have made a total change in my feelings, and I view the condition of the Southern states as one of the most unenviable that can be conceived. To be necessarily surrounded-- 83 --by those in whom we cannot permit ourselves to feel confidence, to know that unremitted vigilance is our only safeguard, and that soon or late we or our descendants will become the certain victims of a band of lawless wretches who will deem murder and outrage just retribution is deplorable in the extreme. The United States government might possibly find a remedy by rendering some equivalent to slave owners and exporting the slaves in as large numbers as practicable to Africa. But I do not know whether if such a plan were proposed it would be acceded to by any considerable majority; people are too short sighted, too unwilling to relinquish present convenience from the fear of future ill or for the prospect of future good. Mr. L[azarus] regrets holding so much property here, and if not actually tied down to the place, would gladly remove to the north, and I cannot help hoping that we may at some period be enabled to do so.