those persons in the Southern States who are enemies to the Union have seized the present occasion, and are endeavoring to do their utmost to increase the excitement. Some idea may be formed of the interest felt in the subject, from the fact that numerous Southern gentlemen came from all parts of the country to be present at the meeting. You will see the result of the meeting in the newspapers, and we are all glad it is so well over. Would that the whole subject could be as easily disposed of!The presence of Southern gentlemen in Boston in great numbers, naturally expecting to see pro-Southern words confirmed by pro-Southern deeds, and to lend a hand if need be, rendered the city for the time being no place for the leader of the abolitionists.1 On the day following the meeting, Mr. Garrison and his wife left their home at 23 Brighton Street2 for ‘Friendship's Valley.’ The Liberator, appearing on the same day, gave this preliminary notice of the occasion which Mr.3 Curtis rejoiced was ‘so well over’: ‘Yesterday afternoon this building [Faneuil Hall] was turned into a worse than Augean stable, by the pollutions of a proslavery meeting held for the first time within its venerable walls. . . . Call it no longer the Cradle of liberty, but the refuge of slavery.’ This meeting, it said later, proves the guilt of New England4 to be equal to that of the South, and answers conclusively the senseless inquiry, ‘Why don't you go to the South?’ Abolitionists would not be disturbed or intimidated by it. ‘Having now our own liberties to gain, in addition to those of the slaves, (for tyranny has become universal, and our own rights as men and as citizens are trampled in the dust,) we have new motives to urge us forward in the great cause of universal emancipation.’
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2 In May, they had removed from ‘Freedom's Cottage’ to a boardinghouse on Guild Row (now Washington Street), near Dudley Street. In the course of a few weeks, to oblige Mr. Thompson, they had taken off his hands the lease of the house on Brighton Street—in convenient proximity to the city jail. See the map in the first chapter of the next volume.
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