FREE SPEECH: GREAT MEETING IN FANEUIL HALL
An indignation meeting was held at Faneuil Hall last evening, to which all friends of free speech, irrespective of sect or party, were invited to protest against the injury done to the freedom of the press by the conviction and imprisonment of Ezra Heywood. The readers of The Globe will doubtless remember this particular case, where the prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to two years' imprisonment in Dedham Jail and made to pay a fine of $100 for sending the pamphlet "Cupid's Yokes" through the mails. Mr. Heywood has protested against what he calls his illegal imprisonment . . . and refers to the martyrdom of Jesus, Socrates, and John Brown, as cases parallel to his own.
. . . The galleries were crowded with ladies, who manifested the utmost enthusiasm whenever Mr. Heywood and his sufferings were commented upon. It may have been fancy, it may have been the effect of light and shade, or it may not have happened at all; but we did imagine that we could see the nose and upper lip of the bust of Samuel Adams curl with scorn as he looked, rather impatiently, upon the large assembly which had met to express indignation at a two year's term of imprisonment, as if . . . he wanted to call attention to the fact that all the noble army of martyrs whom Mr. Heywood quotes in his writings had received rougher treatment than imprisonment in Dedham jail, and not one single meeting of indignation had been held about it. The rest of the busts appeared to be calmly, we might say stonily, ambivalent.
Boston Daily August 2, 1878.