friends of liberty there will sympathize with me, and rejoice that I here tear down the image of liberty from the recreant land of America
, and condemn her as the vilest of hypocrites, the greatest of liars.’
With slight rhetorical variation he repeated his message: ‘Why, I tell the American
slaveholder that he shall not have silence; for, humble as I am, and feeble as my voice may be, yet, deafening the sound of the westerly wave, and riding against the blast as thunder goes, it shall reach America
, and tell the black man that the time of his emancipation is come, and the oppressor that the period of his injustice is terminated.’
Applying his sarcasm to the Colonization Society, he called it a humbug, and ‘the most ludicrous Society that ever yet was dreamed of.’
He moved a resolution that its fundamental principle was ever the colonization of the free people of color, ‘and abolition never the object, but on the contrary the security of slave property’; which was seconded by Captain Stuart
and carried unanimously.
was as usual not on hand, but the Society had as defenders two members of Parliament and a converted Jew from Andover, Mass.
, to the former of whom Thompson
made an admirable rejoinder.
Resolutions in further denunciation of the fraudulent and oppressive character of the Society, and in cordial approbation of the 1
principles of the New-England Anti-Slavery Society, were also passed without dissent, and the meeting came to an end. A few days afterward Mr. Garrison
received the following emphatic letter from Zachary Macaulay
, by whose2
prudent advice the object of the meeting had been made, not an attack on American slavery, but on the Colonization Society: