The right of petition.
At the Quarterly Meeting
of the Massachusetts Antislavery Society
, held in Lynn
, March 28, 1837, the following resolution was offered by Wendell Phillips
, of Boston
, That the exertions of the Hon. John Quincy Adams
, and the rest of the Massachusetts Delegation
who sustained him, in his defence of the right of petition, deserve the cordial approbation and the gratitude of every American citizen.
This was the first speech of Mr. Phillips
, and marked his entrance upon the Antislavery movement.
Another speech delivered by him on the same day and occasion will be found in a later volume.
: One of the previous resolutions of this meeting refers to the success of the cause of abolition within the last few months, and the bright hopes with which we may enter on another year of labor.
The petitions which have loaded the tables of our State and National Legislatures may certainly be considered as one great cause of that success, and the pursuing of the same course, the best ground of hope for the future.
Such circumstances naturally fix every eye on that distinguished citizen to whom the resolution refers.
His course during the last session deserves the gratitude of every American; for in that contest, he was not the representative of any State or any party,