which foreboded a storm came together, they dispersed without doing any damage.
The angry temper of the Northern
public had also been shown elsewhere.
, in 1833, Prudence Crandall
, who had established a school for colored girls, was shut out of the churches, shops and public conveyances; her well was filled with manure, and her house smeared with filth and at last set on fire.
the directors of the Athenaeum library excluded Mrs. Child
from using it because she was an Abolitionist.
When anti-slavery sentiment made itself audible at Lane Theological Seminary, the trustees, with the assent of the president, Dr. Lyman Beecher
, suppressed all debate on the subject.
The Rev. Dr. Leonard Bacon
accused candidates for elective office who were willing to array themselves under the banner of the Abolitionists, with being “political desperadoes;” and the American Bible Society actually refused a gift of five thousand dollars which was to be devoted to the distribution of Bibles among the slaves!
The great church assemblies showed their friendship for slavery in many ways, and a Presbyterian elder did not hesitate to say in the General Assembly of that denomination at Pittsburg
, in 1835, that the church was the patron of slavery and responsible for its cruelties.
Throughout the whole period of agitation