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[285] friends, however, seem generally to approve of the project. If I could know your mind, I should be more decided in my own. It is thought that the issuing of this little sheet will most effectually hedge up the way of the Abolitionist, and thus defeat whatever scheme the getters up of that paper may have in view.

We may have a tolerably quiet, and again a very stormy meeting on Tuesday next. I believe the Board of Managers1 will be sustained in the course they have pursued, by a majority of the delegates. If they should not, they will resign, as a matter of course, and the State Society will pass into other hands.

Phelps has written a long reply to the Address of the Board,2 respecting the doings of the N. Y. Executive Committee, which he is about issuing in a handbill. I did not feel obligated to give it a place in the columns of the Liberator, and declined doing so.3

Stanton has left the State—whether to return again, I know not; but probably he will be here at the quarterly meeting. The transformation in his feelings towards the Liberator and myself is complete. Since the annual meeting, though a large portion of the time in this city, he has had nothing to say to me. His conduct throughout has been very reprehensible, and greatly has he injured himself in the eyes of the best friends of our cause. His political hobby has well-nigh ruined him, and put an end to all harmonious action in Massachusetts. My soul is filled with grief on his account. Dearly have I loved him in time past, and great have been my expectations in regard to his future career. But I fear he has made up his mind to be ‘a man of one idea’—for he seems to be determined to look only in one direction, and with a short-sighted vision.

There is some doubt whether Mr. Phelps will be installed at the Marlboroa Chapel,4 on account of his hostility to the doctrine of personal and perfect righteousness. Pres. Mahan's

1 March 26, 1839.

2 Ante, p. 280.

3 In Lib. 9.43. In the first place, the question was not with Phelps but with the Executive Committee, whose reply was assured of insertion when forthcoming. In the next place, Phelps had now his own organ, which had not set an example of fairness by publishing the Address of the Board.

4 As pastor of the Free Church, namely. He was ultimately installed (Lib. 9.123), with the assistance of the Rev. Hubbard Winslow, who, though one of the most odious pro-slavery apologists among the Northern clergy (ante, 1.478; 2: 63), was yet a ‘no-government’ doctrinaire—for, from his (Thanksgiving) pulpit, he condemned Lovejoy's self-defence against the mob (Lib. 7.201).

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