y a gale, the Liberator was able to proceed on its way. But the most conspicuous pro-slavery demonstration was in the event directed against Garrison himself, and was the immediate result of the antagonism of the enemies of Abolition towards George Thompson, a distinguished English Abolitionist, who was lecturing in America, and whose interference with our domestic institutions was most offensive to them.
It was announced that he would address a meeting of ladies on the afternoon of October 2Ioston.
Placards were posted in public places urging good citizens to bring the infamous foreign scoundrel to the tar-kettle before dark.
In response to this several thousand angry men gathered in the street at the time set for the meeting, but Thompson had been wisely kept away.
The women showed the greatest coolness and courage and went quietly on with their proceedings, although the door of the hall and the stairways of the building were thronged by a threatening and unruly mob. The mayor a
t an executive duty to re-enslave such persons, another, not I, must be their instrument to enforce it.
Resignation of office is surely the only course for an official who finds himself called upon to do something which offends his conscience.
Garrison earnestly urged the renomination of Lincoln against the bitter opposition of Wendell Phillips, who always strangely misunderstood the President.
Now at last the virtues of the Abolitionists began to be generally recognized.
In 1864 George Thompson, who nearly thirty years before had barely escaped violence from proslavery mobs, returned to America.
He was given a public reception in Boston, with Governor Andrews in the chair, and at Washington a short time afterwards, he was invited by the House of Representatives to deliver a lecture in their hall.
Garrison, too, was treated with great respect when he visited the national capital, and in the last month of the war, at the invitation of Secretary Stanton, he was present at the r
tells me that the heartiness and enthusiasm of the workingmen was something glorious; that he heard them say to one another that they would rather remain unemployed for twenty years than get cotton from the South at the expense of the slave.
Mr. Thompson has been in other parts of Lancashire, and the meetings he has addressed have been attended with the same results.
Our experience in London has been equally satisfactory.
It would have done you good if you had . . . attended the great meeting of the working classes which we held on the 31st of December--the eve of freedom.
Mr. Thompson himself corroborated this account in a letter written a month later: On New Year's Day I addressed a crowded assembly of unemployed operatives in the town of Heywood, near Manchester, and spoke to them for two hours about the slaveholders' Rebellion.
They were united and vociferous in the expression of their willingness to suffer all the hardships consequent upon a want of cotton, if thereby the l