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‘ [266] of man presents, in the sight of Heaven, is a reverend slavite preying upon the lambs of God, and trafficking in the souls of men.’ Their delinquency could not, however, shake his faith in the anti-slavery potency of the Bible. ‘The Bible Society is doing more to break the fetters of oppression and scatter the mists of delusion than all the patriotic associations and military orders in the world.’ Still another incendiary ally he found in the New York General Tract Depository, which, as he learned ‘with lively sensations of joy,’ had1 issued in October, 1830, no less than thirty thousand copies of the Scriptures, most of which were intended as donations for the Mississippi Valley:
‘The cause of emancipation will receive an immense benefit from this liberal distribution of the “Word of life.” the Bible—the Bible! how shall we subdue the obdurate heart, and awaken the seared conscience, and successfully impeach the criminal conduct of slave-owners;—how shall we operate upon public opinion, and call into vigorous exercise the moral energies of the nation, and establish justice throughout our borders, and break down the middle walls of partition which separate man from his fellow-man;—how shall we preach deliverance to the captive, and the opening of the prison-doors to them that are bound, and transform the benighted and suffering slave into an enlightened and happy freeman, and the haughty master into a familiar friend—how shall we accomplish this, and more, without the Bible? Human legislation— what is it? It is incoherent and contrarious; it justifies in one state or country what it punishes in another; it holds no jurisdiction over the hearts of men; it is capable of disastrous perversion; it is governed by worldly policy; it alters with the fluctuations of society. Take away the Bible, and our warfare with oppression, and infidelity, and intemperance, and impurity, and crime, is at an end: our weapons are wrested away—our foundation is removed—we have no authority to speak, and no courage to act.’

Not less orthodox were Mr. Garrison's views of fasting and prayer, to which he frequently exhorted the colored people; and of the Sabbath and Sabbath-schools. He2 urges colored parents, ‘as they value the temporal and3

1 Lib. 1.54.

2 Lib. 1.73.

3 Lib. 1.115.

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