Magazine for June—namely, “a violent pamphleteer, who often sacrifices truth to the support of his mistaken views, and whose very quotations are so garbled as entirely to pervert the real meaning of the speaker,” I would pay twenty guineas into the hands of the Mayor of New York, in aid of the education of the colored children of that city. The insertion of this article in the Times, although making less than three squares,1 cost me £ 6 6s., that is, about thirty dollars!! This is the usual advertising rate in that paper. Cresson's effrontery is truly surprising; for, notwithstanding these repeated challenges, he has advertised a meeting of his own, to be held on Wednesday next, at the Hanover Rooms, at which the Duke of Sussex is expected to preside! I have no hesitation in prophesying that it will be a complete failure. Of course, I shall endeavor to be present, as I anticipate some amusing collisions on the occasion, if not between me and the speaker, at least between him and some sturdy abolitionists. As an offset to this meeting, I propose to hold one next week, which many of the noblest friends of liberty in England will probably attend. The arrangements, however, have not yet been made; and perhaps another, and even more effectual, course may be adopted.2The Hanover-Square meeting proved, indeed, a 3 complete failure. The attendance did not exceed 120 persons, ‘one-third of whom were on the platform by special invitation, and another third were abolitionists, opposed to the object of the meeting.’ Sussex was in the chair. Cresson made the leading speech, declaring that the proposed society ‘had no connection whatever with the American Colonization Society,’ as did every other speaker on his side, including Lord Bexley and the
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1 In printers' parlance, a ‘square’ of reading matter equals in length the width of the column; in advertisements, the square equals one inch.
2 ‘Garrison is here,’ writes Charles Stuart from London, on June 29, 1833, to Arnold Buffum, ‘zealous, uncompromising, untiring. You must not be surprised should his correspondence be interrupted. He is laboring like himself—the people, as they become acquainted with him, love and admire him. Cresson skulks from all collision with him, in a manner at once insolent and dastardly. Garrison's party in London consists of the great body of the practically religious people, of every order, as far as they are informed, especially the Friends, and of all the staunch anti-slavery spirits; Cresson's, of a few titled, wealthy, high-pretending individuals’ (Lib. 3.139).
3 2d Ann. Report N. E. A. S. S., p. 43.
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