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Such was the argument of the man whom the churches, crying “Lord! Lord!” denounced as an infidel. It was in this very year that the Independent, one of the best known religious papers of the country, and on whose editorial board were such distinguished clergymen as Dr. Leonard Bacon and Dr. Storrs, called Garrison an infidel “of the most degraded class!”

When at last war became inevitable, Garrison deplored the martial spirit of many of the Abolitionists. “When the anti-slavery cause was launched,” he said, “it was baptized in the spirit of peace.”

We proclaimed to the country and the world that the weapons of our warfare were not carnal, but spiritual, and we believed them to be mighty through God to the pulling down even of the stronghold of slavery, and for several years great moral power accompanied our cause wherever presented. Alas! . . . We are growing more and more warlike, more and more disposed to repudiate the principles of peace.

... Just in proportion as this spirit prevails, I feel that our moral power is departing and will depart .... I believe in the spirit of peace and in sole and absolute reliance on truth and the application of it to the hearts and consciences of the people. I do not believe that the weapons of liberty ever have been, or ever can be, the weapons of despotism. I know that

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