The Charleston Courier
Unsigned Reprint
5 March 1853

 A Case for Mrs. Stowe .

We were informed a few days ago of a transaction which reflects much honor upon the parties concerned, and which we beg leave to relate for the benefit of Mrs. Stowe and her abolition sympathisers.

The reader will remember that the barque Zebra, bound from New Orleans to Liberia with emigrants, put into this port some weeks ago with cholera on board.—Several emigrants had died of the disease on the passage from New-Orleans to this place, and great consternation and alarm prevailed among the passengers. As soon as their case was made known, our City Authorities took immediate steps to supply the emmigrants with fresh provisions and medical assistance, and otherwise to contribute to their comfort and safety. A gentleman residing in Florida—a philanthropist in deed and not in name—as soon as he heard of the condition of the vessel, remitted one hundred dollars to a friend in this city, with instructions to apply it for the relief of the emigrants. The friend to whom the money was sent, gave immediate attention to the business, but found no use to which he could apply it. Persons in Louisiana and New-Orleans, whence the Zebra sailed, had already given orders by telegraph to have everything done which could conduce to the health and comfort of the emigrants, both while here and on their passage to liberia. The gentleman in Florida was informed of this, and he wrote back to his friend here to keep the money and apply it to the first case of suffering which might occur.

All this was done quietly and without the least parade. It was not found necessary, either here or in New-Orleans, to take round a subscription paper, or to make appeals to the dormant philanthropy of the public through the press. The simple fact of the condition of the emigrants was known, and a response was returned by lightning. This was done too, be it remembered, by slaveholders—a class of men who are less understood and more vilified at the North than any other in this country. The truth is, the master is the best friend the slave has. He would do him a favor, relieve his wants, and ameliorate his condition, sooner than any fanatical abolitionist, from Mrs. Stowe and the Duchess of Sutherland down to Abby Folsom and Fred. Douglass.—Savannah Republican.