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[283] down the actors, it would be a case of real free discussion— popular opinion rising superior to local prejudice, and producing a good result out of the most mischievous elements.

On May 6, the Herald singled out the Liberator, for its1 immediate abolitionism and disunionism, and enumerated the speakers announced for the following day: ‘Wm. H. Furness of Philadelphia, white man—from Anglo-Saxon blood; Frederick Douglass of Rochester, black man— from African blood; Wm. Lloyd Garrison of Boston, mulatto man—mixed race; Wendell Phillips of Boston, white man—merely from blood.’ Comparing the approaching meeting with the Nashville Disunion2 Convention, Bennett pronounced the former to be much the more mischievous, and renewed his appeal for its suppression in the most inflammatory language.

On May 7, he singled out the editor of the Liberator,3 saying that, since the World's Convention, Garrison had

boldly urged the utter overthrow of the churches, the Sabbath, and the Bible. Nothing has been sacred with him but the ideal intellect of the negro race. To elevate this chimera, he has urged the necessity of an immediate overthrow of the Government, a total disrespect for the Constitution, actual disruption and annihilation of the Union, and a cessation of all order, legal or divine, which does not square with his narrow views of what constitutes human liberty. Never, in the time of the French Revolution and blasphemous atheism, was there more malevolence and unblushing wickedness avowed than by this same Garrison. Indeed, he surpasses Robespierre and his associates, for he has no design of building up. His only object is to destroy. . . . In Boston, a few months ago, a convention was held, the object of which was the overthrow of Sunday worship. Thus it appears that nothing divine or secular is respected by these fanatics. Ante, p. 262.

The lesson of the hour was, that—

When free discussion does not promote the public good,4 it has no more right to exist than a bad government that is dangerous and oppressive to the common weal. It should be overthrown. On the question of usefulness to the public of the packed, organized meetings of these abolitionists, socialists,

1 Nat. A. S. Standard, 10.198; Lib. 20.77.

2 Ante, p. 279.

3 Nat. A. S. Standard, 10.198; Lib. 20.77.

4 Lib. 20.77.

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