left that city in the fourth week of August, and did not revisit it for thirty-four years. Philadelphia
was the first city in which he paused, on his northward journey, and he was there a week before he could obtain the free use of a hall in which to hold his meetings.
He was about giving up in despair and leaving the city, when the hall of the Franklin Institute was offered to him, and on Tuesday evening, August 31, 1830, he gave his first lecture there to an audience composed almost exclusively of members of the Society of Friends and of colored people.
They listened to this and to the lectures of the two succeeding evenings with marked attention and interest, though his ‘hard language’ troubled some.
, while professing friendship and sympathy for Mr. Garrison
, reproved him for his excess of zeal and intemperance in advocating his views; yet it spoke warmly of his first lecture, which it declared to be ‘elevated and impassioned, bespeaking the thorough1
acquaintance of the author with his subject, and evincing the deep and philanthropic interest which animated him in behalf of the poor Africans
The declamation of Mr. Garrison
,’ it furthermore said, ‘is in some respects uninviting and defective; but it is impossible for an intelligent auditor to be unimpressed with the strength and beauty of his composition.
Indeed, we thought the former quality too predominant, though its attractiveness is a sufficient excuse for its display.’
The friends who welcomed him to Philadelphia
were those who had long been actively interested in the antislavery cause, and who, as personal friends of Lundy
and subscribers to the Genius
, were not unfamiliar with Garrison
Among them were Thomas Shipley
, Dr. Edwin P. Atlee
, and James and Lucretia Mott
, all of whom proffered the hospitality of their homes and gave him words of encouragement.2