The situation was a difficult one for the Evangelical, anti-sectarian mind to deal with.
What was the use of quoting the New Testament to slaveholders, who were already fortified out of that very volume?
The effect of the situation on Garrison
's temperament may be seen in the meeting at the Tabernacle.
There is a demonic element in what he says: his utterance is forced out of him: it is not calculated.
You could not reproduce the spirit of this utterance except at the cost of two centuries of human passion.
There is a demonic element also in Garrison
He displays, on this occasion, at least two kinds of genius, the genius of satire,---Voltaire
might have uttered the scathing slashes about “Christ
in the presidential chair,” --and the all but antipodal genius of infinite sweetness of temperament.
The New York Herald
in advance of the meeting denounced Garrison
for many days in succession, and advised the breaking up of the meeting by violence.
According to the Herald
boldly urges the utter overthrow of the churches, the Sabbath, and the Bible
Nothing has been sacred with him but the ideal intellect of the negro race.
To elevate this chimera, he has urged the necessity of an immediate overthrow of ”