An article from the Jackson Semi-Weekly Mississippian, October 19, 1860:
A Female Emissary.
An examination was held at Charleston, S. C., on Friday morning, by Mayor Macbeth, of one Mrs. Catherine Bottsford, a female of rather prepossessing appearance, charged by several respectable citizens with uttering and disseminating among the slave population seditious sentiments. During the investigation she admitted entertaining the Abolition sentiments attributed to her and of being an admirer of John Brown. She denied, however, any attempt to circulate her opinions. The evidence and affidavits submitted showed to the contrary, and she was required to give bail in the sum of $300 for her good behavior. Failing in this she was turned over to Magistrate Kampaux who committed her to jail.
We learn from the Courier that the accused states that she has resided in the city about nine months, during which time she has followed the occupation of a seamstress. She also states that she hoped to obtain the situation of a teacher. Officer Schoubee, who arrested her, had been watching her movements for some time past. The case will probably undergo investigation at the January term of the Court of General Sessions.
As we’ve seen repeatedly, the South was in a state of panic over the threat of slave insurrection. Vigilantes were inclined to act against anyone even suspected of anti-slavery sentiments, as a part of the abolitionists’ vanguard.