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[451] 1834,

I arrived upon your shores on Saturday last, bring1 with me Mrs. Thompson, our dear children, and our servant. I was warmly greeted by the abolitionists of this city, but somewhat curiously received by the other dwellers in this the commercial metropolis of the freest empire under the sun. The particulars you shall have when we meet. They will bring another blush for your country upon your cheek. . . . I have been delighted with all I have yet witnessed in this country, save the conduct and dispositions of its rational and accountable inhabitants. I feel that I could love this land and its people with all my heart, were but oppression banished, and the language of all hearts this—

The liberty we love we will bestow.

The curious reception here referred to was nothing2 less than the turning Mr. Thompson and his family out of the Atlantic Hotel, to gratify an indignant Southern guest. Prudence dictated that the object of this 3 brutality should not begin his public addresses on the spot where he landed, and where the embers of the July riots were hardly cold. In the Courier and Enquirer of Septtember 23, Mr. Thompson could read of himself as ‘another apostle of fanaticism [like Stuart], hired by4 the immediate abolitionists to come among us and disseminate those precious doctrines of social equality and physical amalgamation.’ The same paper warned him ‘not to venture upon a lecture in favor of immediate abolition,’ and thus court mob violence; called upon the police to stop him; and added: ‘If our people will not suffer our own citizens to tamper with the question of slavery, it is not to be supposed that they will tolerate the officious intermeddling of a Foreign Fanatic.’

The town of Groton, Massachusetts, was destined to5 be the scene of the first public utterance of George Thompson in America. He had reached Freedom's Cottage the day before (September 30), where he was presently joined by S. J. May, in whose company and Mr. Garrison's he set out, on the morning of October 1, for the meeting of the Middlesex County Anti-Slavery Society. His two companions were the only reporters of6

1 Sept. 20.

2 Lib. 4.155, 194; 5.195; London Abolitionist, 1.98.

3 Ms. Oct. 7, 1834, Lewis Tappan to W. L. G.

4 Lib. 4.161.

5 London Abolitionist. 1.149.

6 Lib. 4.163;

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