citizens of our native State and the friends of our country; and in making that appeal we assure them all that they may rely upon the facts here stated, and we ask them to apply to these facts those wholesome principles which we believe are universally cherished in New England
, and the issue we will abide.’
He declared that the ‘school was to become an auxiliary in the work of immediate abolition
,’ with the Liberator
for its mouthpiece; that Miss Crandall
had denounced colonization as a fraud; and that ‘once open this door, and New England
will become the Liberia of America
As town clerk he recorded the vote of the town meeting on April1
1, to petition for a law against the bringing of colored people from other towns and States for any purpose, ‘and more especially for the purpose of disseminating the principles and doctrines opposed to the benevolent colonization scheme’; and as one of the committee he drew up the petition.
He was, in fact, the soul of the persecution, for which he boldly invoked and secured the complicity of a Society whose hostility to any attempt to raise the condition of the colored people in the land of their nativity was once more shiningly demonstrated.
It was his mission, also, in the pursuit of professional and political advancement, to illustrate the malevolence towards Mr. Garrison
which now began, on the part of the Colonization managers, to assume a murderous intensity.2
In February, the Colonization agent, Danforth
, in the midst of a public debate with Arnold Buffum
at Lyceum Hall, Salem
, taunted Mr. Garrison
with not going South to preach to the slaveholders, and, recalling the handsome rewards offered for him, pointed him out in the audience, ‘with a significant gesture,’ as ‘this same3 William Lloyd Garrison
’ for whom he himself had been offered $10,000 by an individual.
This incentive to kidnapping was not a harmless device to throw odium on an adversary.
Mr. Amasa Walker
reported, at the annual