that he was in the hands of his friends, above named, to whom Mr. Garrison
promptly addressed an enquiry as to their determination.
They replied that a private interview ‘in the presence of a few friends impartially chosen’ would be ‘desirable in the first
instance;’ but Mr. Garrison
rightly looked upon this as a mere ruse to avoid a public meeting, and to obscure the fact that his business was ‘exclusively with the1
British people, and with Mr. Cresson
in his public capacity as the Agent
of the American Colonization Society.’
He followed up his advantage by an open letter in the London Times
, repeating the challenge, which equally failed of effect.
The sole course left was an exparte
arraignment of the Colonization Society, which was appointed at the Wesleyan Chapel
of the Rev. Thomas Price
in Devonshire Square, for Monday evening, June 10, 1833.
At this meeting, presided over by James Cropper
, Mr.3 Cresson
was present, no doubt reluctantly, and certainly ill-advisedly.
For when the lecturer, after depicting the Colonization Society in the vein of his “Thoughts,” told how Clarkson
had been deceived by its agent assuring him that its first object was to emancipate all the slaves, the chairman interrupted him, saying that this was a grave charge; Mr. Cresson
was present—would he admit or deny having made such a statement?
answered that he had done so,—a confession dictated not more by candor than by necessity, for Mr. Garrison
was able to hand Mr. Cropper
a pamphlet to which4 Cresson
had furnished an introduction, declaring that ‘the great object of the Colonization Society is the final and entire abolition of slavery’; and Mr. George Thompson
cited a placard of one of Cresson
's meetings, headed, ‘American Colonization Society and the Abolition of Slavery.’
then described with what feelings he heard Sir Robert Peel
in the House of Commons5