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‘“ [343] slaveholder” —must be his epitaph if he touches our shore!’ And again, after reading the address from Broussa: “Slave-catchers will do by him as they have done, successfully, by Theobald Mathew—avail themselves of his world-wide fame and influence to prop up American slavery.” Lib. 21.195. ‘Will the Kossuth of America be the Kossuth or Haynau of Hungary? One or the other he must be.’

The English abolitionists needed no urging. Kossuth was to land in England. W. H. Ashurst wrote to Mr. Garrison on October 13, 1851, that a common friend, of1 weight, had put in his hands for Kossuth2 a packet describing ‘with faithfulness and correctness the true state of the slave question in the States.’ On November 4, James Haughton sent through Charles Gilpin a letter to3 Kossuth admonishing him not to go to America, and to give to the world his reasons for staying away. On November 17, Richard Webb, forwarding his mite for4 the Hungarian fund to the Mayor of Southampton, desired him to lay before Kossuth considerations why, in visiting America, he should not forfeit the esteem of European admirers by ignoring the existence of slavery. The Edinburgh Ladies' Emancipation Society, on5 November 18, and the Glasgow anti-slavery societies forwarded6 addresses of a like tenor. A committee of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in person ensured the7 conveyance to Kossuth of truthful warning. Copies of the Fugitive Slave Law and of Weld's Slavery as it is89

1 Lib. 21.179.

2 Ashurst was a particular friend of the Italian patriots of the revolutionary era. ‘I spent a part of a day last summer at his house at Muswell Hill,’ wrote Elizabeth Pease to Mr. Garrison on July 9, 1852, ‘which brought vividly before me the happy evening we passed there in 1840 [cf. ante, 2: 377, 390]. I had the treat of meeting Mazzini—a truly great man as he appears in his present position, and I cannot but entertain the hope that he would stand the test of a visit to America, though Kossuth has proved so fearfully recreant to principle’ (Ms. and Lib. 22: [123]). See the pointing of this contrast after Kossuth's return to England in Lib. 24: 113, 125, 126.

3 Lib. 22.3.

4 Lib. 21:[203].

5 Lib. 21.206.

6 Lib. 22.3.

7 Lib. 22.3.

8 ‘A book of horrors, the perusal of which would have congealed the blood of Kossuth if he had been a true man’ (W. L. Garrison in Lib. 22.6). The full title of this work, compiled by Theodore D. Weld, was American slavery as it is: testimony of a thousand witnesses. . . . New York: Am. A. S. Society, 1839. This and the Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin are the two great manuals of authentic information concerning the atrocities of American slavery.

9 Lib. 22.6.

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