of non-resistance and passive submission to enemies, we purpose, in a moral and spiritual sense, to speak and act boldly in the cause of God; to assail iniquity in high places; to apply our principles to all existing civil, political, legal and ecclesiastical institutions.
The triumphant progress of the cause of temperance and abolition in our land . . . encourages us to combine our means and efforts for the promotion of a still greater cause.
This “greater cause” (an admission indeed for Garrison
) held its own for some years.
The convention founded a Non-resistance Society, and published a semi-monthly paper, with Edmund Quincy
as editor, who showed his sincerity by returning to the governor his commission of justice of the peace.
His journal was issued for several years and paid expenses.
But the demands of Abolition and non-resistance upon the same individuals proved too great, and gradually and imperceptibly the movement subsided, destined doubtless at some future day to reassert its claim upon the conscience of mankind, although it may present itself in a different and more philosophical form.
During these years signs of disaffection began to show themselves in the Abolitionist ranks.
The scandalous inhumanity and cowardice of the churches had kindled against