previous next
[388] reproach, for the purpose of organizing an Anti-Slavery Society. The Constitution which they adopted breathes an excellent spirit, and is sound in principle. Such men can never be intimidated by the vile.

The whole of this disgraceful excitement owes its origin and execution to the prominent advocates of the Colonization Society.1 The first who had the hardihood to stigmatize me as having gone abroad to calumniate my country, were those wholesale dealers in falsehood and scurrility, Robert S. Finley, Joshua N. Danforth, and Cyril Pearl.

An attempt to create an excitement was made on my arrival in this city, by some anonymous blackguard, which met with partial success. The effect of these proceedings cannot fail to be highly favorable to the cause of emancipation.

Glory to them who die in this great cause!
     Mobsjudges—can inflict no brand of shame,
Or shape of death, to shroud them from applause!
     No! manglers of the martyr's earthly frame,
Your hangmen fingers cannot touch his fame.
     Still in this guilty land there shall be some
Proud hearts—the shrine of Freedom's vestal flame;
     Long trains of ill may pass unheeded—dumb—
But Vengeance is behind, and Justice is to come!

A month later, as promised, Mr. Garrison printed the ground of his offence against his countrymen, accompanying it with this explanation:

The Liberator of this morning embodies all the slanders2 which I uttered in England against the American Colonization Society and the United States. The speeches which were delivered at the great meeting held in Exeter Hall, and which have caused so much excitement among the colonization crusaders and their backers the mobocracy, were all taken down by a skilful and accomplished reporter, expressly for publication in this country. So far from being ashamed of my language on that memorable occasion, I gave eighty dollars for a full report of all that was then uttered by myself and others, in order that I might faithfully present it to the public on my return. I wish neither to modify nor retract a single sentence. The other speeches will follow in due course. To that fearless and eloquent champion of liberty, that first of Irish patriots, Daniel O'Connell, Esq., the colored population of this country

1 See, more specifically, Lib. 4.27.

2 Lib. 3.179, and Preface to pamphlet, Speeches in Exeter Hall, July 13, 1833.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
United States (United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Lib (2)
Cyril Pearl (1)
Daniel O'Connell (1)
William Lloyd Garrison (1)
Robert S. Finley (1)
Joshua N. Danforth (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
July 13th, 1833 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: