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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 3: the Clerical appeal.—1837. (search)
press, we should not be unmindful of ourselves. The same spirit of intolerance characterizes the resolutions passed by our present Lib. 7.199. Mayor and Aldermen upon refusing your petition for the use of Faneuil Hall. This petition of 100 citizens was headed by Dr. Channing (Lib. 7.195). After a spirited appeal from this clergyman to the citizens of Boston, and a public demonstration (Lib. 7: 198), the city authorities receded, and the meeting was held in Faneuil Hall on the morning of Dec. 8 (Lib. 7: 202). It is this, that one class of citizens shall not be permitted to express their opinions on any subject, provided those opinions are not in consonance with the opinions of the majority—a principle expressly repudiated by our Constitution, and utterly at war with the spirit of freedom, without which a republican government cannot exist. If this principle were admitted, the rights of the party which happened to be in the minority would be unheeded, and a despotism established.