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Chapter 7: the World's Convention.—1840.

Garrison's passage is over-long, and on arriving he finds that the Convention, under sectarian influences, has excluded all female delegates from America. He thereupon refuses to enter it, and sits as a spectator in the gallery. He receives much social attention, and, in company with N. P. Rogers, makes a tour in Scotland and Ireland, returning to America in August. In the meantime the New Organizationists have been blackening his character at home and abroad.

Neither in Liverpool nor yet in London was James Cropper ready with hospitable welcome, as seven years ago. The good man had passed away in1 February, leaving a name less familiar to the world at2 large than those of some of his coadjutors in the cause of abolition, but a solid claim to the gratitude of the oppressed hardly inferior to that of the most distinguished.3 The personal introduction which in 1833 he gave Mr. Garrison to the leaders of the British antislavery host, was now, indeed, unnecessary; but no other member of the Society of Friends could have had so much influence with the managers of the World's Convention (largely of the same Society), to avert the

1 Ante, 1.348, 350.

2 Lib. 10.51, 52.

3 See Mr. Garrison's tribute to his extraordinary liberality and activity, ‘his urbanity, his kindness, his disinterested regard for the welfare of the human race,’ in the Liberator of March 27, 1840 (10.:51). The following sonnet was appended:

Cropper! among the wise, the great, the good,
     The friends of Man, whate'er his caste or clime,
Thy memory shall be hailed with gratitude,
     Thy labors honored to the end of time!
Thine was a soul with sympathy imbued,
     Broad as the earth, and as the heavens sublime;
Thy godlike object, steadfastly pursued,
     To save thy race from misery and crime.
Mourn, England! for the loss thou hast sustained,
     And let the nations of the earth lament,
With spirit broken, and with grief unfeigned;
     And to her tears let Liberty give vent;
A star of glory has in darkness waned—
     No more on earth survives the good man eloquent.

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