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[436] ‘an incendiary paper, published in Boston by a madman who is in league with a man of the name of Walker, who has recommended the slaves to cut their masters' throats.’ A little later, encountering Captain Stuart, who had just returned from the United States, Thompson1 was presented with copies of the Liberator and the “Thoughts on Colonization,” the perusal of which ‘more than prepared him to extend a brother's welcome to the founder and representative of the New England Anti-Slavery Society’ on his reaching England in 1833. A shake of the hand by this ‘madman’ turned the current2 of his life, and decided the character of his future occupations.

The talents of George Thompson were such as would have insured him brilliant success at the bar, and he was strongly urged to enter the legal profession by such eminent members of it as Lord Brougham,3 the Right Hon. Stephen Lushington and Mr. Serjeant Stephen, who were ready to direct his education and to guarantee the support of his family in the meantime. At this critical moment Mr. Garrison appeared upon the scene:

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

1 Lib. 3.50.

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).

4 W. L. G. in Lectures of Geo. Thompson, p. XI.

5 ‘The successor of Wilberforce in Parliament.’

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