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‘ [385] the sole purpose, as it would seem, of traducing the people and institutions of his own country,1 and who, it was supposed, was to have taken an active part in this meeting, but one sentiment appeared to prevail. We will not record the expressions of disgust and abhorrence which were coupled with his name.’ Had he been present, many ‘grave and respectable citizens’ would have consented to his being tarred and feathered. ‘We hope, most sincerely, that not a hair of Mr. Garrison's head will ever be injured by personal violence; but he will do well to consider that his course of conduct in England has kindled a spirit of hostility towards him at home which cannot be easily allayed. He will act wisely never to attempt addressing a public meeting in this country again.’

The Evening Post could not credit the stories of 2 threatened violence to Mr. Garrison: ‘The mere feeling of magnanimity towards an antagonist so feebly supported, with so few adherents, with so little sympathy in his favor, should have forbidden the expression of such a design, even uttered as an unmeaning menace. We should be sorry that any invasion of his personal rights should occur to give him consequence, and to increase the number of his associates. Garrison is a man who, whatever may be the state of his mind on other topics, is as mad as the winds on the slavery question.’ It added: ‘We know of no question of public policy on which public opinion is so unanimous’ as that of discountenancing the abolitionists.

Deplorably ignorant of what he owed to Neal's friendly protection, but well aware how much restraint magnanimity had imposed on the mob with reference to himself, Mr. Garrison pursued his journey to Boston, where his approach had also stirred the spirit of violence. On Monday, October 7, the following handbill was generally circulated throughout the city:

1 Mr. Garrison had not yet become, in the mouths of his enemies, a British subject.

2 Oct. 3, 1833; Lib. 3.162.

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