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‘ [278] and the vote upon the question showed that nine were in favor of organizing upon his plan, while six were opposed.’ Mr. May was consequently obliged to return home without witnessing the completion of the organization.

Nevertheless the attempt was not abandoned. On Friday, December 16, another meeting was held at the same place, with ten present,1 and, ‘after considerable discussion, David Lee Child, Samuel E. Sewall, William Lloyd Garrison, Ellis Gray Loring, and Oliver Johnson were appointed a committee to draft a constitution for an Anti-Slavery Society, to be reported January 1, 1832.’ Then for the first time Mr. Garrison gave public intimation of the movement, and, in the Liberator of the 2 following day, called for the names of those who were ready to join it. On Sunday evening, the first of January, 1832, the draft of the constitution was reported to a meeting containing some new faces; among them, Alonzo Lewis, William Joseph Snelling, Dr. Gamaliel Bradford,3 Dr. Abner Phelps, and the Rev. Abijah Blanchard, editor of an anti-masonic religious paper, who opened the meeting with prayer. The body of the constitution was adopted, ‘with a few unimportant alterations and additions,’ as the records read, but also with one highly significant of the conservative influences against which Mr. Garrison had had to contend in committee: ‘Voted, that “Philo-African” be struck out [of the first article, denoting the Society's title], and “New-England Anti-slavery” be substituted.’ The choice marked the dominance of the same positive and aggressive spirit that put the Liberator and not the Safety-Lamp at the head of the movement for immediate emancipation. The preamble was referred for revision to another committee,4 to be

1 Namely, according to the records, David Lee Child, Ellis Gray Loring, Isaac Child, W. L. Garrison, Robert Bernard Hall, John Cutts Smith, Oliver Johnson, Isaac Knapp, Joshua Coffin, and Samuel E. Sewall.

2 Lib. 1.201.

3 Dr. Bradford was a graduate of Harvard College (1814), and from 1833 to the close of his life in 1839 was Superintendent of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

4 Consisting of Messrs. Sewall, Garrison, Blanchard, and Snelling.

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