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[16] its advocate and protector, its author and finisher, its Alpha and Omega. . . .

‘It appears that the subject of his [Beecher's] discourse was “The last times,” or the end of the world; and, in order suitably to affect the minds of those who listened to him, and to prepare them for the speedy coming of the Son of Man (an event, by the way, which we believe transpired eighteen1 hundred years ago),2 he warns them to beware of those who abjure all stations of worldly trust and preferment; who insist that Christians cannot wield carnal weapons for the destruction of their enemies; who, when smitten on the one cheek, turn the other also to the smiter; and who are willing to die for their foes, as did Jesus for his, rather than to imprison, maim, or destroy them!’

The doctrines defended in the foregoing extracts continued, as heretofore, to be merely subsidiary to Mr. Garrison's lifework. They were the unfailing feeders of his3 anti-slavery courage, energy, and persistence. ‘We have never,’ said the editor of the Liberator in June, ‘devoted4 more of our time to the anti-slavery movement than we have for the last three years. We are literally “absorbed” 5 in that movement. We have yet to deliver our first public lecture on “the Church,” “the Sabbath,” or “the Ministry,” or even on “non-resistance.” We have been nominally6 one of the editors of the Non-Resistant for a period of two and a half years; and, during that time, we have not devoted half a day to the writing of editorial matter for its pages.’ His activity as an anti-slavery lecturer during the year 1841 is especially notable. The paralysis of this mode of propagandism as a consequence of the hard times, the Harrison Presidential campaign, the schism in the American Society, and the Liberty-Party secession, was lamentably felt at the close of 1840, and Mr. Garrison had done what he could, by taking the field in person, to7 supply the lack of a full corps of agents. At the ninth annual meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society

1 Lib. 13.23, 27.

2 Father Miller, the head of the Second-Adventists, and so-called ‘end-ofthe-world man,’ was at this epoch preaching in Massachusetts that the ‘day of probation,’ preceding the millennium, was no further off than a date somewhere between the vernal equinoxes of 1843-44.

3 Ante, 2.305.

4 Lib. 11.99.

5 1839-1841.

6 Ante, 2.326.

7 Ante, 2.428.

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