mild, gentle, and amiable.
In spirit Mr. Garrison
was completely in harmony with them.
In details of language, of policy, he was free to differ from them.
Thus, at the New England
Convention in May, 1841,1 Mr. Garrison
's resolution in regard to the church read as follows:
Resolved, That among the responsible classes in the nonslaveholding States, in regard to the existence of slavery, the religious professions [professors], and especially the clergy, stand wickedly preeminent, and ought to be unsparingly exposed and reproved before all the people.
To Henry C. Wright
, however, it appeared that it should read as follows:
‘Resolved, That the church and clergy of the United States,2 as a whole, constitute a great brotherhood of Thieves,3 inasmuch as they countenance and support the highest kind of theft, i. e., man-Stealing; and duty to God and the slave4 demands of abolitionists that they should denounce them as the worst foes of liberty and pure religion, and forthwith renounce them as a Christian church and clergy.’
To this substitute rallied Parker Pillsbury
, Stephen S. Foster
, and N. P. Rogers
, while Mr. Garrison
and Charles C. Burleigh
contended for the original formula; the debate raging long, with a drift toward the obnoxious expression in capitals, which was at last abandoned.5
So in a question of measures.
At a quarterly meeting of the Massachusetts Society held at Millbury
on August 17, 1841, Mr. Foster
moved the following:6
‘Resolved, That we recommend to abolitionists as the most7 consistent and effectual method of abolishing the “negro pew,” ’