leading citizens, it was compelled to report that it was received by all of them with “polite frigidity.”
Strange to say, the convention was permitted to meet for three days in succession in a public assembly room without interference from a mob. The police, however, warned the participants not to hold night sessions, as they in that case would not promise protection.
The good behavior of Philadelphia
on this occasion was noteworthy, but it was too good to last.
When another Anti-Slavery meeting, not long after, was convened in that city, it was broken up by a mob, and the hall in which it met was burned to the ground.
Finally came the National Anti
-Slavery Society, which, in view of its limited financial resources, certainly did a wonderful work.
Its publications, in spite of careful watching of the mails and other precautions adopted by the slaveholders, reached all parts of the country, and its preachers, sent out and commissioned to proclaim the new evangel of equal manhood, were absolutely ubiquitous.
Those early Anti-Slavery lecturers were a peculiar set. Since the days of the Apostles there have been no more earnest propagandists.
They were both male and female.
That they were, as a rule, financially poor, it is unnecessary to state.
They lived largely on the country traversed.
Sympathizers with their views, having received and entertained them-sometimes clandestinely — after a public talk or two, would carry them on to the next stations on their routes, occasionally contributing a few dollars to their purses.
It made no particular difference to them whether they spoke in halls, in