emancipating and transporting them to other countries, and so to open a new market to slave-dealers, but to generate a moral agitation which should never rest until the shackles of the oppressed were broken ‘by the will, not by the wealth, of the people.’
Finally, the speaker urged the circulation of petitions to Congress for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia.
The meeting was brought to an abrupt and unexpected termination by the pastor of the church (Rev. Howard Malcolm
), who arose at the conclusion of1 Lundy
's remarks and passionately denounced the agitation of the question of slavery in New England
, declaring that it was too delicate to be meddled with by the people of the Northern States
; that they had nothing whatever to do with it; that slavery was coming to an end, perhaps quite as fast as was desirable,—namely, by one slave State selling its slaves to another further South, and thus gradually
relieving itself; and after discoursing in this vein, he summarily dismissed the meeting without affording any opportunity for reply.
His conduct excited much indignation, and it was only by holding a subsequent meeting that an anti-slavery committee was formed, consisting of twenty members, of whom Mr. Garrison
With characteristic ardor he at once proposed to circulate petitions for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia in every town in the Commonwealth
, but before he could personally set them in motion, he was called to another field of action; and although his fellow-members of the committee were ‘high-minded, spirited and philanthropic men,’ they do2
not seem to have pushed the matter with much vigor after the stimulus of his personal presence and effort was withdrawn.
A single petition from Boston
, cautiously and almost apologetically worded, appears to have been the sole result of their labors.
communicated the progress made before he left Boston
, who wrote in reply: