1833, who set a price on the heads of their own compatriots when they were Abolitionists, would welcome the most powerful, the most popular living advocate of the hated cause — a stranger and an Englishman.
was mobbed and hounded, threatened, insulted, and would have been killed if fate had assisted ever so little by lending the opportunity.
I shall content myself with giving Mr. May
's description of Thompson
“ Mr. Thompson
then went on to give us a graphic, glowing account of the long and fierce conflict they had had in England
for the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies
His eloquence rose to a still higher order.
His narrative became a continuous metaphor
, admirably sustained.
He represented the Anti-slavery enterprise in which he had been so long engaged as a stout, wellbuilt ship, manned by a noble-hearted crew, launched upon a stormy ocean, bound to carry inestimable relief to 800,000 sufferers in a far-distant land.
He clothed all kinds of opposition they had met, all the difficulties they had contended with, in imagery suggested by the observation and experience of the voyager across the Atlantic
in the most tempestuous season of the year.