was certain. Hundreds and thousands of men who might never agree with Mr. Garrison in their mode of action in behalf of the slave, were thoroughly aroused to act, each in his own way, and they never ceased and never will cease to honor and revere the man whose brave words dispelled their day-dreams.If Mr. Garrison was right in his belief that the Colonization Society had lulled the public conscience into a fatal slumber on the subject of slavery, to expose and discredit it was clearly the first step towards emancipation.1 The iniquitous system had concealed itself behind a hypocritic bulwark of charity and piety, to carry which by assault was the instinct of true generalship; and this assault, conducted for a year and a half in the Liberator, reached in the Thoughts the climax of weight and destructiveness. So that, although the debate still raged for years, and though the Thoughts was promptly ‘riddled’ by the reviewers2 and by the agents and supporters
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2 For example, in the African Respository for November, 1832, the Methodist Magazine and Quarterly Review for January, 1833, and the Quarterly Christian Spectator for March, 1833. The two latter articles were also published separately; the last—written by the Rev. Leonard Bacon—by A. H. Maltby, New Haven. (See |Lib.|| 3.27, 39, 43, 201.) ‘Your “Thoughts on Colonization” have arrived,’ writes S. S. Jocelyn to Mr. Garrison, July 12. ‘Bacon is reading one. Prof. Silliman had read Mr. Tappan's previous to his delivering his colonization address on the 4th. I handed him everything which I thought would moderate his zeal in that cause’ (Ms.)
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