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‘ [435] chivalrous Lafayette's embarkation for this country, to1 assist in redeeming it from a foreign yoke, has far less of sublimity in it than the high moral heroism and noble benevolence’ of George Thompson. He comes, ‘not as a foreigner, but as “a man and a brother,” feeling for those in bonds as bound with them.’ A young man of thirty years,2 ‘his person is tall, graceful, and agile, his countenance fine and attractive, his voice mellifluent, and his action all that Demosthenes could desire. As an orator,3 he surpasses every speaker that I have ever heard,’ O'Connell not excepted. ‘His appeals are absolutely electrifying.’

The similarity in age between Mr. Garrison and the English orator favored a friendly attachment, but there4 were other circumstances—such as their having sprung from the middle class and been denied the higher education; above all, however, their deeply religious training and temperament—which drew them irresistibly together. Mr. Thompson's connection, too, with the5 anti-slavery cause began in the very year in which the Liberator was founded, and as agent of the London Anti-Slavery Society he preached the doctrine of immediate and unconditional emancipation throughout the kingdom, with an effectiveness which, in the judgment of such men as Brougham and John Bright, determined6 the success of the agitation two years afterwards, and entitled him to the name of ‘Liberator.’7 Mr. Garrison's natural prepossessions for such a character were confirmed on meeting Mr. Thompson, who on his part received him with a warmth proportioned to his changed opinion of him. The first time the English abolitionist had heard of the American, Elliott Cresson was his informant. ‘There is,’ said this unscrupulous person,

1 Cf. Lib. 5.139, 195.

2 George Thompson was born in Liverpool, June 18, 1804.

3 Cf. Lib. 6.75.

4 May's Recollections, p. 108, seq.

5 W. L. G. in Boston Transcript, Oct. 14, 1878.

6 May's Recollections, p. 113.

7 ‘I have always considered Mr. Thompson as the real liberator of the slaves in the English colonies; for, without his commanding eloquence, made irresistible by the blessedness of his cause, I do not think all the other agencies then at work would have procured their freedom’ (John Bright, London Farewell Soiree to George Thompson, 1864).

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