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[452] his speech. Mr. May'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,2 Maine, 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 was3 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 to Hallowell, but7 were overawed. 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

1 May's Recollections, p. 117.

2 Lib. 4.163, 166, 167, 174, 175, 191; London Abolitionist, 1.150-157.

3 Lib. 4.193.

4 Some of the Philadelphia Quakers objected to Thompson because he made such long prayers (Ms. Mar. 27, 1835, Henry Benson to G. W. Benson). In his youth he was employed as one of the under-secretaries in the London Methodist Mission House, and used to hold evening meetings in some of the poor districts of the metropolis, and go about on Sundays distributing Bibles and tracts (May's “Recollections,” p. 109). He is often styled ‘Rev.’ in the reports of his meetings in America (Lib. 5.1; 6.8; and 2d Annual Report of the American A. S. Society, p. 47).

5 London Abolitionist, 1.152; Lib. 4.174.

6 Lib. 4.175.

7 Lib. 5.4.

8 Lib. 4.194; Cowley's History of Lowell, p. 82, and Reminiscences of J. C. Ayer, p. 154.

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