Press howls from the North
The Buffalo Morning Express:
"We had intended to abstain from all notice of the absurdities and atrocities perpetrated by the Abolitionists at Cazenovia, under the auspices of Gerrit Smith. He has become insane, or else he desires to tighten the bonds of the slave and exasperate [sic] the miseries of his condition. Madman and knave he is, beyond all question." -- August 28, 1850
The Syracuse Journal:
"The papers throughout this State and the country generally, are devoting column upon column to the consideration of the recent 'Fugitive Slave Convention' at Cazenovia. To our minds, this is making too much of nothing. It is admitted by everyone that the Convention will result in little more that the fume and foment of the time being. The material of which it was composed, and their foolish bombastic proceedings were sufficient to consign it to the oblivion, which, if left unnoticed, it would have gladly south, and which it must ultimately reach. The notice of respectable newspapers, and especially the lengthy condemnatory remarks of the prominent political press, only gives the affair prominence - the very cause of the prolonged life of the numberless organized bodies of the stamp of the material of the Cazenovia Convention...It gives too much importance to the gathering of a few monomaniacs [sic and their labored efforts to out-do each other in the loudest brayings, and the most extravagant resolutions."
"[w] e do not believe that its effect will be as serious to the fugitives as they and their advocates now anticipate. Any undue excitement, any attempt to make political capital out of the law will in our judgment enhance its evils; the Southerners will be stirred by it to great efforts at re-capture." -- October 5, 1850
"...every right man must feel shocked at the sentiments of an address to fugitive slaves, put forth by the abolition convention recently held at Cazenovia New York." -- quoted in the Madison County Whig, September 18, 1850