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[379] his way to Ireland, ‘in company with an Irish female partisan,’ but would find that O'Connell's speech had reached Dublin before him), Mr. Garrison's mission seemed ended. The Providence, however, which had brought him to England in season to witness the passage1 by Parliament of the bill emancipating 800,000 slaves in the British West Indies, had in store for him an even more precious privilege. Three days after the reading of the bill for the second time in the House of Commons (July 26)2 Wilberforce breathed his last in London, and a week later still (August 5) his remains were interred in Westminster Abbey by the side of Fox and Pitt. In the unexampled train of mourners, behind ‘princes of the blood-royal, prelates of the church, members of both3 Houses of Parliament, many of England's proudest nobility, and representatives of the intellect, virtue, philanthropy, and industry of the land’—behind Wellington, Peel, Graham, Morpeth, Fowell Buxton, Lushington, Stanley, the Grattans—walked with his friend George Thompson the editor of the Liberator, the least observed and the least known of the funeral procession, yet the one upon whom, if upon any one, Wilberforce's mantle had fallen, and whose prominence in this historic scene must grow with the shifting perspective of time.

On Saturday, the 18th of August, Mr. Garrison embarked from London in the packet-ship Hannibal, Capt. Hebard, for the United States. At the end of a week Portsmouth was reached, and farewell letters despatched4 to his English friends, who had generously supplemented the deficiency of his travelling credit. Five weeks more must elapse5 before he could set foot on his native soil, where a reception awaited him as opposite as possible to that which he had met with in England.

1 Lib. 3.163.

2 It received the royal assent Aug. 28, 1833.

3 London Breakfast to W. L. G., p. 47.

4 Ms. Aug. 31, 1833, from Nath. Paul and Joseph Phillips.

5 The Hannibal left Portsmouth on Aug. 26, and reached New York on Sunday evening, Sept. 29, 1833.

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