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[355] a few days before1 oppose the Emancipation Bill by referring to the operations of the Society as proof that emancipation was a curse to the blacks, rendering them a nuisance to be got rid of by deportation. He concluded by saying that ‘the abolitionists of Great Britain should indignantly order him [Cresson] back to his slaveholding employers, and bid him be thankful that he had not been detained on a charge of obtaining money under false pretences.’

Mr. Thompson next testified from his own experience2 to Cresson's false assurances as to the anti-slavery objects of the Society. ‘He also calumniated Mr. Garrison to me, and gave me such an account of him that he made me regard him as a pest of society.’3 And whereas Cresson never came near the abolition meetings in the British Islands, the platform at his own meeting was crowded with slaveholders. Mr. Thompson reiterated the charge of deception practised on the British supporters of the Society.

At this point Mr. Cropper announced that he had4 hoped for a debate in order that the audience might form its judgment between the parties, but that an opportunity for rejoinder would be furnished Mr. Cresson on the following evening after Mr. Garrison's lecture had been finished. Cresson thereupon declined to demean himself by entering into a discussion ‘under existing circumstances, and with such a chairman, such a lecturer, and such a meeting’; but, having the

1 June 3. ‘Look at the consequences of emancipation in some of the Eastern States of America, where slavery had been abolished for some time. In these the price of labor was high; the emancipated slaves had every encouragement to labor; no prejudices existed against them as in other parts of the United States; wages were kept high; yet in these very States, such was the degradation and misery to which the emancipated slaves were introduced that philanthropy had no other remedy for the evil but sending them to a colony on the coast of Africa’ (Hansard's Parl. Debates, 18.339-357).

2 Lib. 3.126.

3 In a debate at Scarborough, Cresson ‘denied Mr. Garrison's competency as a witness, referring to some judicial proceedings against him’ in America, ‘and to his falsifications of the African Repository’ (Repository, July, 1833; Lib. 3.127).

4 Lib. 3.127.

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