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“ [112] now is, to bear directly upon the ballot-boxes and to influence the elections,” as in the recent case of Abbott Lawrence. “How soon might you see a majority in Congress returned under the influence of (Anti-slavery) associations?”

Otis' reasoning here is the chattering of teeth. “The ballot-box and election!” why not? The slavery issue to come into politics — who can prevent it? Where are we? Who is talking? Have I read that sentence aright? Such questions go through one's mind no matter how often one re-reads these speeches. It must be confessed that a city is not far from chaos when so much passion and so faint a rationality can go forth as the voice of her powerful classes, and of her educated men. The situation was greatly alleviated by the good sense and calmness of the Abolitionists; for although Garrison's language was generally blatant, his conduct was invariably exemplary; and the reformers' course of action in legal and legislative maneuvering was often brilliant in the extreme.

The Boston Abolitionists behaved during this trying season with circumspection. After the Faneuil Hall demonstration, Mayor Lyman, who had presided at that

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