against the bitter opposition of Wendell Phillips
, who always strangely misunderstood the President
Now at last the virtues of the Abolitionists began to be generally recognized.
In 1864 George Thompson
, who nearly thirty years before had barely escaped violence from proslavery mobs, returned to America
He was given a public reception in Boston
, with Governor Andrews
in the chair, and at Washington
a short time afterwards, he was invited by the House of Representatives to deliver a lecture in their hall.
, too, was treated with great respect when he visited the national capital, and in the last month of the war, at the invitation of Secretary Stanton
, he was present at the raising of the flag on Fort Sumter
on the fourth anniversary of its capture.
, of Brooklyn
, records that while he was standing with Garrison
in the streets of Charleston
, a band passed them playing “John Brown
“Only listen to that in Charleston
, and they both broke into tears.
The Negroes received him in a large church building, several thousand of them being crowded into it. One of them addressed him in an eloquent oration on behalf of his race and two little slave girls presented him with flowers.
This occurred on the very morrow of Lincoln
's death, the