's graphic account of it leaves no1
doubt of the impression it must have made on all who heard it. Mr. Garrison
had not overrated his friend's eloquence.
Invitations began to pour in on him from all quarters, and a New England
tour was the immediate result.
His course through Eastern Massachusetts
, New Hampshire
, and Rhode Island
may be traced in the pages of the Liberator
. Churches were as readily thrown open to him as were anti-slavery conventions, and a large part of the thirty addresses or more he had made before the end of the year were delivered in them.
Occasionally he would give a common pulpit discourse, in the clergyman's place, for which his religious spirit fitted him so well that the Richmond (Va.) Enquirer
quite right in designating him as an incendiary British ‘missionary’ rather than emissary.4
Nevertheless, he did not entirely escape that species of ‘warm reception’ with which the Enquirer
menaced him in case he should cross the Potomac
His windows were broken in Augusta, Maine
, where a State Anti-Slavery5
Convention was in progress; and a committee of citizens requested him to leave town immediately under pain of6
being mobbed if he reentered the Convention
Disturbers followed him from Augusta
At Concord, New Hampshire
, he was interrupted with missiles while addressing a ladies' meeting.
At Lowell, Mass.
, on his second visit, in the Town Hall
, a brickbat thrown from without through the 8
window narrowly escaped his head, and, in spite of the manliness of the selectmen, a meeting the next evening was abandoned in the certainty of fresh and deadly