On the same day he wrote to Henry Benson, with3 reference to the mobbing of Thompson at Concord: ‘These things cannot last long, but while they do last, we had better not attempt to lecture. I think our first public meeting in Boston ought to be with reference, exclusively, to the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia.’ He should not return to Boston till the week after next, as George W. Benson was coming to Brooklyn on a visit. ‘Helen is filled with anxiety and4 alarm on my account. She trembles when she thinks of ’
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2 The full sentence reads: ‘At one time I thought this system would be overthrown in blood, with the confused noise of the warrior; but a hope, etc.’ (see Lib. 5.150, and the pamphlet published by Isaac Knapp in 1836, in which Miss Grimkeas letter stands third in the table of contents). ‘It comes to us,’ said the editor in the Liberator, ‘as the voice of an angel. . . . Yes, we respond to her cheering declaration, This is a cause worth dying for —dying, not in the midst of carnage, upon the battlefield, but upon the scaffold, in the dungeon, or at the stake, unresistingly, bearing testimony to the truth as it is in Jesus, and in imitation of his illustrious example. If by the shedding of our blood the lives of our enemies may be saved, let it be shed. Father, thy will be done!’（Lib. Sept. 19, 1835).
3 Ms. Sept. 12, 1835.
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