Dr. David Ramsay, in a letter to Benjamin Rush wrote:
Dueling has been practiced so much here [Charlestown] that illiberal language is seldom used. Indeed I never heard one Gentleman vilify the character of another in such plain terms.
Postmaster Alfred Huger discovered antislavery pamphlets in the mail bags that had been delivered overnight. Huger considered the material a call for black revolution. He locked up the pamphlets until President Andrew Jackson could send instructions on their delivery.