Its enunciation required an equal degree of physical and moral courage.
It was the precursor of a revolution that gave both personal and political freedom to a larger number than were benefited by the other declaration.
But what chiefly distinguished it, the time and the situation being considered, was its radical utterance.
It gave no countenance to any measure of compromise.
It offered no pabulum to the wrongdoer in the form of compensation for stolen humanity.
It demanded what was right, and demanded it at once.
And that fearless and unyielding platform became the basis for all the Abolition societies that came after it. A goodly number of such societies were organized.
“The Anti-slavery Society for the City of New York
” was formed by a few men who met and did their work while a mob was pounding at the door, and who, having completed their task, fled for their lives.
It was at first intended that a national Anti-Slavery society should be established with headquarters in the city of New York
, but its proposed organizers discovered that there was not a public hall or church in that city in which they would be permitted to assemble.
, with its Quaker
contingent, offered a more inviting field, and to that city it was decided to go. But serious obstructions here interposed.
Representatives appeared from fourteen States, which was highly encouraging, but no prominent Philadelphian could be found to act as chairman of the meeting.
A committee was appointed to secure the services of such a man, but, after interviewing a number of