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[18] circle of the abolitionists was now complete; discouragement gave way to hopeful, harmonious action, in which the organizing skill and “Herculean powers of despatch” Lib. 11.139. of the man who had ‘saved the cause’ in 18401 were speedily manifested.2

Of the numerous meetings and conventions now instituted, that at Nantucket in August was a conspicuous3 example of the glad renewal of anti-slavery fellowship (the sectarian spirit having been exorcised), and was otherwise memorable. No report is left of the social delights of companionship between Bradburn (a sort of4 island host), Quincy, Garrison, and Collins; but the significant incident of the public proceedings has been recorded by the chief actor in them. This was Frederick5 Douglass of New Bedford, formerly a Maryland slave, and only for three years a freeman by virtue of being a fugitive. His extraordinary oratorical powers were hardly suspected by himself, and he had never addressed any but his own color when he was induced to narrate his experiences at Nantucket.

‘It was,’ he says,

with the utmost difficulty that I could6 stand erect, or that I could command and articulate two words

1 Ante, 2.346.

2 Mr. Garrison wrote to Miss Pease on Sept. 16, 1841 (Ms.): ‘Our antislavery struggle is constantly increasing in vigor and potency; and never were our spirits better, or our blows more effective, or our prospects more encouraging, than at present. Our fall and winter campaign will be carried on with unwonted energy. The return of our friends Phillips, Chapman, and Collins infuses new life into the general mass. The people are everywhere eager to hear. I am covered all over with applications to lecture in all parts of the free States. The many base attempts that have been made to cripple my influence, and to render me odious in the eyes of the people, have only served to awaken sympathy, excite curiosity, and to open a wide door for usefulness.’ Notice the large and harmonious meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania A. S. Society at Philadelphia in December, 1841, at which, however, the temporary suspension of the Freeman in favor of the Standard was voted (Lib. 12: 2, 3, 7, 8).

3 Aug. 10, 11, 12, 1841; Lib. 11.130, 134.

4 Geo. Bradburn.

5 S. J. May's Recollections, p. 292.

6 Life of F. Douglass, ed. 1882, p. 216; Cf. Anna Gardner's Harvest Gleanings, pp. 17-19.

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