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[368] noble Duke himself, who, according to Cresson, 1 presided with dignity, but ‘found it hard work to stem the torrent’ of opposition, represented by Macaulay, Stuart, and George Thompson, as well as by Mr. Garrison. The last endeavored to show the folly of suppressing the slave trade by coast colonies while the market for slaves still existed in any part of the world. ‘The tone of the discussion was vehement and even boisterous, but only a partial hearing was given to the abolitionists.’ Neverthe less, on a motion to form a British African Colonization Society, Mr. Thompson's amendment that there was no necessity for one was lost only by 26 to 33. Ridiculous as this was, the projected counter demonstration at Exeter Hall was not abandoned; and as the Duke of Sussex had declared Cresson's character to be above attack, Mr. Garrison sought once more to gain his ear by inviting his attendance. A formal propitiation was even necessary:

In my note of the 29th ultimo, I addressed your Royal2 Highness by the title of “Your Grace.” As the error, though trivial in itself, might seem to imply intentional disrespect, I must here apologize for the same. An American citizen, in Europe, is ever liable to err, through ignorance, in the application of hereditary titles, as they do not obtain in his own country. I am confident that your Royal Highness will most cheerfully pardon the blunder.

To this letter, also, no answer was returned; ‘and therefore,’ says the writer, ‘I am under no special obligations to the courtesy of royalty.’

‘Never was a more highly respectable assembly 3 convened in London’ than that which filled Exeter Hall, Strand, on the morning of Saturday, July 13, 1833. James Cropper presided, and in his opening remarks stated the object of the meeting to be an exposure of the American Colonization Society's anti-slavery pretences, and a demonstration of the real British feeling in regard to it. He read the following letter of regret from Mr. Buxton:

1 Lib. 3.151.

2 2d Ann. Report N. E. A. S. S., p. 44.

3 Ibid.

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