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[292] not allow the President of the United States to be insulted. As long as you confined yourself to your subject, I did not interfere; but I will not permit you or any other man to misrepresent the President.1

Mr. Garrison, as the Rev. Samuel May testifies, “calmly replied that he had simply quoted some recent words of General Taylor, and appealed to the audience if he had said aught in disrespect of him.” Boston Commonwealth, Feb. 14, 1885. ‘You ought not to interrupt us,’ he continued to Rynders—‘in the quietest manner conceivable,’ as Dr. Furness relates. “We go upon the principle of hearing everybody. If you wish to speak, I will keep order, and you shall be heard.” 50th Anniversary of a Pastorate, p. 30. The din, however, increased. “The Hutchinsons, who were wont to sing at the anti-slavery meetings, were in the gallery, and they attempted to raise a song, to soothe the savages with music. But it was of no avail. Rynders drowned their fine voices with noise and shouting.” Ibid. Still, a knock-down argument with a live combatant would have suited him better than mere Bedlamitish disturbance. He was almost gratified by young Thomas L. Kane,2 son of3 Judge Kane of Philadelphia, who, seeing the rush of the4 mob upon the platform, had himself leaped there, to protect his townsman, Dr. Furness. ‘They shall not touch a hair of your head,’ he said in a tone of great excitement, and, as the strain became more intense, ‘he rushed up to Rynders and shook his fist in his face. He said to5 me [Dr. Furness] with the deepest emphasis: “If he touches Mr. Garrison I'll kill him.” But Mr. Garrison's composure was more than a coat of mail.’

1 The distinction which Mr. Garrison made between true religion and false was so apparent to every hearer through the whole course of his remarks; so fully and reverently did he recognize and imply, throughout, the divine authority of the Jesus of the New Testament, that no one present thought of charging him with blasphemy then, although his remarks have been so reported that the community is horrified at Mr. Garrison's infidelity! The thing which Rynders seized upon for a pretext was not blasphemy, but the alleged insult to the President Rev. W. H. Furness, Lib. 20: 81). Cf. Isaac T. Hopper, Lib. 20.106.

2 Afterwards a Federal officer in the civil war. He was a brother of the Arctic explorer.

3 Ibid., pp. 29-31.

4 John K. Kane.

5 Cf. Jour. of Commerce, May 7, 1850; Lib. 20.75.

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