so flung, for Heaven was its only guide to the place where it should fall—this first number of the Liberator newspaper, whereon he did inscribe these words, amongst others: “I am in earnest.”
I call upon you who are here assembled, who have been witnesses of his life and conversation from that day forth until now, to say whether, by his deeds, he has demonstrated the truth of that declaration? [ “ Yes, yes.” ] He did further say: “I will not Equivocate.”
Have you, during the long course of twenty years, ever known the man to forsake the straight line of plain and manly teaching for one that was indirect, and tortuous, and unworthy? [ “ No!
Never!” ] Have you ever known him to mix, to modify, to adulterate, or to accommodate the truth? [ “Never!” ] He did further say: “I will not excuse.”
Have you ever known him, in any instance, under any circumstances, to excuse an act wilfully committed against the rights of his fellow-men? [ “Never!” ] “I will not retreat a single Inch.”
Has he acted up to this pledge in fidelity? [ “He has.” ] “I will be heard.”
These words were doubtless considered bold and presumptuous at the time they were uttered.
But the result has proved the truth of the prediction.
Mr. Garrison has been heard.
At this moment, he is heard and felt from Maine to the mountains of California.
Amidst the din created by the strife of contending parties—amidst all the clashing interests of this wide realm—one solitary voice is heard above the whole, demanding, in thunder tones, the freedom of the slave.
(Loud applause.) He has been heard on both sides of the Atlantic.
The isles of Great Britain know his voice and love it, despite the machinations of his mean and perfidious enemies.
England regards him as the Clarkson of America—as the friend of universal humanity, and the ordained deliverer of the children of America now in bondage.
The orator concluded by placing in the hands of his friend a gold watch, inscribed as ‘Presented by George Thompson
, M. P., (on behalf of himself and others), to William Lloyd Garrison
, the intrepid and uncompromising friend of the slave, in commemoration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Liberator
‘We wish, besides,’ said Mr. Thompson
that you should1 accept our offering as something more than an indication of our appreciation of you in your public, exalted, and responsible