meeting, had, in a courteous if not friendly manner, privately counseled them to discontinue their meetings while the public mind was so heated, at the same time assuring them that he would protect them in their rights if they chose to exercise them.
They therefore held only their constitutional meetings; and it was one of these which fell due on Wednesday, October 14, the anniversary of the formation of the Boston Female Anti
This meeting was postponed and duly advertised for October 21, 1835.
On that day a Pro-slavery mob, organized by newspaper men and business men, and composed of from two to five thousand particularly respectable persons, was got together for the purpose of tarring and feathering George Thompson
, who was believed to be at the meeting.
was not to be found, the mob cried out for Garrison
It surged into the women's meeting where Garrison
was. For some time the thirty women went forward with their prayers and proceedings while the mob howled upon them.
left the meeting in order to protect it, but could not escape from the building on account of the crowd.
He therefore retreated across the hall to the Anti-slavery office which happened