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[515] unknown to Puritan or later annals, who had no college training to recommend him to an aristocracy based partly upon wealth and partly upon training, who was beyond the usual social restraints, and professed no church connection while manifesting the fervor of a revivalist, was attacking (so it must have seemed, instead of simply repelling) the sum and flower and very type of ‘respectability.’ Such audacity could but scandalize the class to which Messrs. Otis and Sprague belonged, and whose pent — up violence was now shortly to be visited upon Mr. Garrison.

Meantime, let us see how the editor of the Liberator was passing his temporary exile in Brooklyn. Two days after his arrival he writes to Henry Benson in Boston:

We are all on the tiptoe of expectation, and wait with great1 impatience for the arrival of the mail this forenoon. It may be, after all, that the Faneuil Hall meeting will prove anything but satisfactory to the fiery spirits of the South, for they have already declared that to “rebuke” the fanatics will effect nothing, and that they will be satisfied with nothing short of the suppression of anti-slavery presses by legal enactments or mobocratic violence. As for ourselves, you know, we care not what course the enemy pursues:—whether he threatens or rebukes, whether he is placable or furious, our cause is sure, and will go ahead.

The quietude of Brooklyn is refreshing to my spirit. It seems as if the moral elements had suddenly become hushed, and that violence, oppression and sin no longer abounded in our land. Would it were so indeed! . . .

Unless you and friend K. supply me pretty freely and very2 regularly with letters and papers, I shall not be able to content myself here long, away from the field of strife. I trust Mr. K. will examine all the papers carefully, and cut out of them every paragraph that meets his eyes relative to our subject.

To the same and Knapp jointly he writes, August 29, that he has received the Atlas containing the Faneuil Hall speeches. ‘They are all bad, but Sprague's is truly3 diabolical. I have sent you a letter to him for the next paper, and do not mean to spare him. Another letter— ’

1 Ms. Aug. 24, 1835.

2 Isaac Knapp.

3 Ms.

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