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[459] anti-slavery society established, with a host of auxiliaries. I have seen the press teeming with books, pamphlets, tracts, and periodicals, all in favor of the bondman and against his oppressor. I have seen crowds rushing to hear the tale of wo and of blood, and to learn how they might assist in saving their country from impending ruin. I have seen the Christian sympathies and generous assistance of a foreign nation secured in behalf of universal emancipation. I have seen discussions of slavery going on in public and private, in popular gatherings and in domestic circles, among all classes, and in all parts of the land; and more spoken, and written, and printed, and circulated, in one month, than there formerly was in many years. I have seen many beneficent schemes devised for the protection and improvement of the colored population of the free States. I have seen that population rising rapidly in the scale of civilization, and manifesting in the midst of terrible persecutions a spirit of forgiveness and patience, and a steadfastness of trust in God, worthy of angels. I have seen a mighty combination, formed for the expatriation of a guiltless people, shorn of its strength, and brought down to the earth. I have seen Christian believers everywhere assembling in monthly convocations, to pray for the deliverance of the poor and needy, the helpless and oppressed, from the rod and the chains of slavery. In short, I have seen persons of all political parties, of all religious sects, of all ages and conditions, uniting in one vast phalanx, with the cry of liberty upon their lips, and the banner of Im-Mediate emancipation waving over their heads, and moving onward to the conflict in unbroken array—deterred by no peril, weakened by no attack, diverted by no stratagem— courageous, invincible, victorious!

If God has made me a signal instrument in the accomplishment of this astonishing change, it is not for me to glory, but to be thankful. What else but the Liberator primarily, (and of course instrumentally,) has effected this change? Greater success than I have had, no man could reasonably desire, or humbly expect. Greater success no man could obtain, peradventure, without endangering his reliance upon an almighty arm.

Yet, in view of these instructive events, the same “cuckoo cry” is raised against me now as I heard when I stood forth alone; and the same sagacious predictions and grave admonitions are uttered now as were then spoken with the infallibility of ignorance, the disinterestedness of cowardice, and the prudence

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