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This ‘shallow attempt to evade,’ as the London Aboli-1 tionist justly termed it, was duly dissected by Mr. Garrison in the Liberator, but we can find room here only2 for these general prefatory remarks:

It is a fact, alike indisputable and shameful, that the3 Christianity of the 19th century, in this country, is preached and professed by those who hold their brethren in bondage as brute beasts! and so entirely polluted has the church become, that it has not moral power enough to excommunicate a member who is guilty of man-stealing! Whether it be Unitarian or Orthodox, Baptist or Methodist, Universalist or Episcopal, Roman Catholic or Christian,4 it is full of innocent blood—it is the stronghold of slavery—it recognizes as members those who grind the faces of the poor, and usurp over the helpless the prerogatives of the Almighty! At the South, slaves and slaveholders, the masters and their victims, the spoilers and the spoiled, make up the Christian church! The churches at the North partake of the guilt of oppression, inasmuch as they are in full communion with those at the South. To each of them it may be said— “When thou sawest a thief, then thou 5 consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.” And the plain command to each of them is, “Wherefore, come6 out from among them, and be ye separate,7 saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

As if to heighten the evil example of the Baptist Board, two English delegates to the Richmond Convention, the Rev. Dr. F. A. Cox and the Rev. Dr. J. Hoby, returned thence to New York in season to attend the annual meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society, to which, indeed, they were formally invited. But they declined to take part in it. Dr. Cox, a member of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, and, though8 passive, one of the committee who sped George Thompson on his mission to America, was privately exhorted

1 Lib. 5.67.

2 Lib. 5.43, 47, 51.

3 Lib. 5.43.

4 Pronounced with the first i long. ‘A name assumed by a sect which arose from the great revival in 1801’ (Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms').

5 Psalms, l. 18.

6 2 Cor. VI. 17.

7 The full political application of this text occurred later to Mr. Garrison.

8 Lib. 5.109.

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