"the press had taken up my affair"

In a letter dated 21st June 1849, Hawthorne’s wife Sophia wrote to her mother that “the whole country is up in arms, and will not allow Mr. Hawthorne to be removed.” This was only a slight exaggeration, for not only Salem’s papers but those from outside of Massachusetts — the New York Evening Post in particular — were enraged by his treatment and used their editorials to argue against his dismissal.