beset his path, but he always succeeded in surmounting them, and despite many a gale, the Liberator
was able to proceed on its way. But the most conspicuous pro-slavery demonstration was in the event directed against Garrison
himself, and was the immediate result of the antagonism of the enemies of Abolition towards George Thompson
, a distinguished English Abolitionist, who was lecturing in America
, and whose interference with our “domestic” institutions was most offensive to them.
It was announced that he would address a meeting of ladies on the afternoon of October 2ISt, 1835, at a hall adjoining the offices of the Anti-Slavery Society and the Liberator
, at 46 Washington street, Boston
Placards were posted in public places urging good citizens to bring the “infamous foreign scoundrel to the tar-kettle before dark.”
In response to this several thousand angry men gathered in the street at the time set for the meeting, but Thompson
had been wisely kept away.
The women showed the greatest coolness and courage and went quietly on with their proceedings, although the door of the hall and the stairways of the building were thronged by a threatening and unruly mob. The mayor arrived upon the scene and endeavored to disperse the crowd outside by announcing that the Englishman was not in the city, but