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[356] floor, enlarged his abuse of Mr. Cropper, by whom, he asserted, he had been treated like a dog—and so left the chapel.

From the second meeting he carefully absented 1 himself, sending, however, to the Rev. Mr. Price a note thanking him for the offer of his chapel, and appointing a night; but when his messenger was asked whether a debate or a lecture was contemplated, he replied a lecture—a cool proposal, indeed, which met with a very proper refusal. Mr. Price's views with regard to the Colonization Society had, he publicly confessed, undergone a total change, and he was unwilling to open the chapel to it for unchecked propagandism. He moved resolutions to the effect that Mr. Garrison had fully established the truth of his charges against it, by evidence drawn from itself, and that all friends of civil and religious liberty should refuse it their sanction. To these there was but one dissenting vote. Resolutions of2 thanks to Mr. Garrison for his luminous and fearless exposure, and of unequivocal confidence and zealous support, of heartfelt sympathy for the colored people of the United States, and of cordial approbation for the New-England Anti-Slavery Society, were passed with equal unanimity, on motion of Mr. Thompson. But the crowning feature of the evening was James Cropper's announcement: ‘It is with very great pleasure that I can add the name of William Wilberforce as having changed his opinion. He now deeply regrets that he was ever led to say anything in approbation of the Colonization Society.’

An opportunity for confirming the great philanthropist in his altered views was speedily afforded Mr. Garrison. A few days after his lecture,3 in company with his already close friend, George Thompson, he took the night stage for Bath, where the latter was to reply to the West-India4 planters' advocate, Peter Borthwick, a familiar antagonist.

1 Lib. 3.165.

2 Lib. 3.166.

3 Probably Monday, June 17, but possibly Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of the previous week.

4 Lectures of Geo. Thompson, p. VIII.

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