Chapter 3: one of their traits
The writer has spoken of the courage of the Abolitionists.
There is another trait by which they were distinguished that, in his opinion, should not be passed over.
That was their extreme hopefulness-their untiring confidence.
No matter how adverse were the conditions, they expected to win. They never counted the odds against them.
They trusted in the right which they were firmly persuaded would prevail some time or another.
For that time they were willing to wait, meanwhile doing what they could to hasten its coming.
, the little Quaker
mechanic, who was undeniably the Peter-the-Hermit of the Abolitionist movement, when setting out alone and on foot, with his printing material on his back, to begin a crusade against the strongest and most arrogant institution in the country, remarked with admirable naivete, “I do not know how soon 1 shall succeed in my undertaking.”
William Lloyd Garrison
, when the pioneer Anti-Slavery Society was organized by only twelve men, and they people of no worldly consequence, the meeting for lack of a better place being held in a colored schoolroom on “Nigger Hill
” in Boston