agree in principle, but differ essentially in their manner of writing. Whitter, for instance, is highly poetical, 1 exuberant and beautiful. Stuart is solemn, pungent and severe.2 Wright is a thorough logician, dextrous, transparent, straightforward. Beriah Green is manly, eloquent, vigorous, devotional. May is persuasive, zealous, overflowing with the milk3 of human kindness. Cox is diffusive, sanguine, magnificent,4 grand. Bourne thunders and lightens. Phelps is one great,5 clear, infallible argument—demonstration itself. Jocelyn is full of heavenly-mindedness, and feels and speaks and acts6 with “a zeal according to knowledge.” Follen is chaste,7 profound, and elaborately polished. Goodell is perceptive, analytical, expert and solid. Child (David L.) is generously8 indignant, courageous, and demonstrative. His lady combines9 strength with beauty, argumentation with persuasiveness,10 greatness with humility. Birney is collected, courteous, 11 dispassionate—his fearlessness excites admiration, his 12 conscientiousness commands respect. Of the foregoing list, who is viewed with complacency, or preferred over another, by slaveholders or their apologists? Are not all their names cast out as evil? Are they not all branded as fanatics, disorganizers and madmen? Has not one of them (Dr. Cox) had his dwelling and meeting-house rudely13 and riotously assaulted, and even been hunted in the streets of New York? Has not another (Beriah Green) been burnt in14 effigy in the city of Utica? (To say nothing of the sufferings and persecutions of Arthur and Lewis Tappan, and other individuals.) Why are they thus maltreated and calumniated? Certainly, not for the phraseology which they use, but for the principles which they adopt. Are they not all tauntingly stigmatized as “Garrison-men” ? As soon as any man becomes hostile to colonization, and friendly to abolition, is he not at once recognized and stamped by the enemy as a Garrisonite? Then how can it be averred that it is my language that gives offence, seeing that it is only my principles that offend?. . . In concluding this number I will venture to remind those liberal advisers who are so anxious to keep a censorship over the Liberator, that reproaches, falsehoods, misrepresentations and injuries are heaped upon my head in every quarter—I am at the mercy of despiteful, wicked and cruel men; but which of these advisers cares for the treatment I receive, or stands forth to vindicate me on the score of principle? Will they soberly and honestly inquire of themselves whether they
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