As the bill for the abolition of Colonial Slavery had passed4 both houses of Parliament, previous to my embarkation for the United States, and as the long-protracted contest in England was about drawing to a close, it occurred to me, that if I could succeed in inducing Mr. Thompson to visit America, and cooperate with the little band of abolitionists who were there struggling against wind and tide, my mission would be crowned with the highest success. One day as I was dining at the house of Thomas Fowell Buxton,5 in London, our conversation naturally turned upon the state of the abolition question in the United States. In the
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2 London Breakfast to W. L. G. p. 47.
3 Edmund Quincy writes to Mr. Garrison from Boston, Aug. 10, 1838: ‘I have just heard part of a letter from Charles Sumner, in which he says that he heard Lord Brougham's anti-slavery speech in the House of Lords, in which he paid the highest compliments to George Thompson, saying that he was one of the most eloquent men he had ever heard either in or out of Parliament, etc. This was suppressed, for some reason or other, in the Reports.’ Brougham's speech was made July 16 (Lib. 8.151).
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