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[448] Michigan; and even the sacking of the Ursuline 1 Convent (August 11) at Charlestown, Mass., seemed part of the mania for violence which had its origin in the newspaper offices of Stone and Webb and the councils of the2 New York colonizationists.

Mr. Garrison, to whom ‘these things give hope and3 courage,’ as he writes to Miss Benson, assuredly was not disheartened because the general condemnation of them by the press of the country was usually accompanied by abuse of the abolitionists. Rather he had the satisfaction of seeing poetic justice meted out in Boston, where the feeling in sympathy with New York ruffianism was strong enough to react even upon the instigators of the latter. On July 28, he writes to Mr. May:

Messrs. Robert J. Breckinridge, John Breckinridge, and4 Leonard Bacon, and Rev. Mr. McKenney, Agent of the Maryland Colonization Society, are now in this city, with two African Princes. They have come en masse, to make a grand attack upon us, but will be defeated, according to present appearances. On Saturday, our city papers contained a bold and showy advertisement, stating that a meeting would be held by these gentlemen at the Bromfield-Street (Methodist) Church on Sabbath evening, to urge the claims of the Maryland Colonization Society; and that other meetings for the same object would be held successively during the same week. Of course, this created much animation in our ranks. Brother Phelps was just on the eve of embarking for Portland, but5 concluded to tarry and encounter the shock of these potent antagonists. However, the evening papers of Saturday contained a notice, that the contemplated meetings would be postponed until further notice, which you may read, “postponed indefinitely.” It is said that they received a visit from the Mayor, who urged them not to hold their meetings at this6 juncture—stating, among other things, that the mob would not be likely to discriminate between colonizationists and abolitionists, but would readily seize any pretext to create a disturbance. It is said, moreover, that the trustees of the church reconsidered their vote granting these gentlemen the use of their house. Thus matters stand at present. . . .

On Friday evening, I called upon the Rev. John 7 Breckinridge, in company with brother Phelps. The interview lasted

1 Niles' Register, 46.413, 436; 47.15, 92.

2 Lib. 4.119.

3 Ms. Aug. 18, 1834.

4 Ms.

5 Rev. A. A. Phelps.

6 Theodore Lyman.

7 July 25, 1834.

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