You will have seen by the Liberator, that a grand attack by1 all the combined forces of colonization and slavery has lately been made upon Boston, in relation to the Maryland scheme of expatriation. They have met with a Waterloo defeat, and yet they fought pugnis et calcibus—with tooth and nails, and even horns. The Messrs. Breckinridge complained piteously of their treatment in Providence. Not a meeting-house could they obtain in that city! Alas! “there's none so poor would do them reverence.” Even in this city it was with the utmost difficulty they could find a place in which to exhibit those young humbugs, the two “African princes,” and their emancipation scheme, which is the greatest humbug of all! They could get into no churches but the Methodist—not even into Park Street! Now let them ask, with a sneer, What have abolitionists done?2This unfriendly reception of the colonizationists, however, was a sacrifice of real to outward logic.3 The abolitionists had equally been obliged to give up a public celebration in Boston on the date of emancipation in the British West Indies.4 The Commercial Gazette was meantime recommending the indictment by the grand jury of Garrison and his associates as public5 nuisances, or, in default of this, ‘provision at the public expense with a wholesome and salutary coat of tar and feathers.’ Such was the Boston to which Mr. Garrison was about to bring his young bride, and to welcome George Thompson. ‘My dear friend and brother,’ wrote the latter from the6 Anti-Slavery Office in New York, on Wednesday, September 24,7
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3 ‘The people of Boston should know no difference between immediate abolition and Colonization, if they are calculated to destroy the harmony which should subsist between the North and the South’ (Commercial Gazette, in Lib. 4.123. Cf. ante, pp. 303, 304.)
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