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[387] two cities) paid his respects to both the mobs and their promoters at his first opportunity, in the Liberator:

To the charge made against me by the cowardly ruffian1 who conducts the New York Courier and Enquirer,2 and by the miserable liar and murderous hypocrite of the New York Commercial Advertiser,3 of having slandered my country abroad, I reply that it is false. All that I uttered in England in reference to the institutions and practices of the United States shall be given to the public. I did not hesitate there—I have not hesitated here—I shall hesitate nowhere, to brand this country as hypocritical and tyrannical in its treatment of the people of color, whether bond or free. If this be calumny, I dealt freely in it, as I shall deal, as long as slavery exists among us—or, at least, as long as the power of utterance is given to my tongue. Still—slavery aside—I did not fail to eulogize my country, before a British audience, in terms of affection, admiration and respect.

As to the menaces and transactions of the New York mob, I regard them with mingled emotions of pity and contempt. I was an eye-witness of that mob, from the hour of its assembling at Clinton Hall to its final assault upon the Chatham-Street Chapel—standing by it, undisguisedly, as calm in my feelings as if those who were seeking my life were my warmest supporters.4

The frantic annunciation of the worthless Webb—— “The Agitators Defeated! The Constitution Triumphant!” —is extremely ludicrous. It is not possible that even that wretched man can, for a moment, delude himself with the notion that any abolitionist will abandon the holy cause which he has espoused, in consequence of any threats or any acts of personal violence. For myself, I am ready to brave any danger, even unto death. I feel no uneasiness either in regard to my fate or to the success of the cause of abolition. Slavery must speedily be abolished: the blow that shall sever the chains of the slaves may shake the nation to its centre—may momentarily disturb the pillars of the Union—but it shall redeem the character, extend the influence, establish the security, and increase the prosperity of our great republic.

I cannot express the admiration which I feel in view of the moral courage and unshrinking determination of those who assembled at Chatham-Street Chapel, in despite of peril and

1 Lib. 3.163.

2 James Watson Webb.

3 Col. William L. Stone.

4 ‘There are men who rise refreshed on hearing a threat’ (R. W. Emerson, Divinity School Address, July 15, 1838).

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