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‘ [24] of individual to associated action’ almost fatuous;1 and especially by the Transcendental wing, who pushed individualism to its furthest limits. Finally, some nonresistants were alarmed for their consistency when2 submitting to presidents, vice-presidents, and committees. In these currents of opinion Mr. Garrison did not lose his head. At the Middlesex County Anti-Slavery Society's quarterly meeting at Holliston on April 27, 1841, he drew the resolution which declared ‘That if “new3 organization” be in diametrical opposition to the genius of the anti-slavery enterprise, no-organization (as now advocated in certain quarters) would, in our opinion, be still more unphilosophical and pernicious in its tendencies.’ Yet a like resolution from his hand was staved off at the closely4 following New England Convention, under the lead of5 William Chace, who had imbibed most deeply what Abby Kelley called the ‘transcendental spirit,’ and who at6 Nantucket flatly proclaimed the anti-slavery organization ‘the greatest hindrance to the anti-slavery enterprise, because of its sectarianism,’ and hence called on abolitionists to shake the dust from their feet against it “when they called upon others to leave church organizations.” Lib. 11.147.7

George Bradburn wrote to Francis Jackson on June 1,8 1841: “William Chace has gone to tilling the soil, deeming it a crime against God to get a living in any other way! This seems not less strange than his condemnation of associations.” Plain Speaker, 1.23. Chace had, however, a partner in9 husbandry, Christopher A. Greene, with whom he lived in a sort of community; and notable in this very year were

1 His flatterers pretended that the abolition societies had cost him the public ear on the subject of slavery. ‘Dr. Channing himself,’ said the Unitarian Monthly Miscellany, ‘has not a tithe of the influence he would have had, had there been no organization. Protest as he may, he will be identified with the organized mass’ (Lib. 11: 69). Mrs. Child, on the contrary, asserted in the Standard that Channing had intended to preach a sermon on slavery after his return from the West Indies (ante, 1: 466), but never did, and only broke silence after he had caught the glow of associated anti-slavery action (Lib. 11: 93).

2 Lib. 11.79.

3 Lib. 11.70.

4 Lib. 11.90.

5 May 25, 1841.

6 Ms. Sept. 30, 1841, to W. L. G.

7 N. H. Whiting of Marshfield wrote to Mr. Chace on Aug. 29, 1841: ‘Old and new organization are alike beneath my feet now’ (Lib. 11: 199).

8 Ms.

9 Ms. Aug. 15, 1841, G. W. Benson to W. L. G.

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