previous next
[383] platform, not in complete sympathy, yet confessing that he would ‘choose dismemberment and liberty, sooner than Union and slavery.’

The best-considered and most effective speech of Mr. Garrison's during the year was that delivered at the New1 England Convention in Boston on May 26. It expounded the constitution and philosophy of the anti-slavery movement, proved its catholicity, and vindicated the criticism meted out on its platform to all who took their stand on it. In form, scope, and strictness of reasoning it was a classical production. But we must pass it by, for the Bible Convention is only a week off.

In the Liberator of April 22, 1853, appeared a call to2 the friends of free discussion, ‘without distinction of sex, color, sect, or party,’ to meet at Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, ‘for the purpose of freely and fully canvassing the origin, authority, and influence of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures.’ It was signed by Andrew Jackson Davis, William Green, Jr., and William P. Donaldson. Mr. Green we have already met at the founding of the American Anti-Slavery3 Society. Mr. Davis was definable in a single word as a ‘seer,’ or prophet, possessed of clairvoyant powers,4 and sometimes styled the ‘Great Harmonian,’ in allusion to5 the principal work embodying his philosophy. He was commonly classed among Spiritualists, though not strictly in line with them, and his admirers were Spiritualists for the most part. He had risen from a very humble origin6 without education, and manifested considerable gifts of style as a writer. His manners were amiable, gentle, and attractive. Henry C. Wright accounted him “a Jesus of this day.” Lib. 23.64.

Mr. Garrison gave his open approval to the call not7 long after its appearance, lent his signature to it, and consented to take part in the proceedings. He shared

1 Lib. 23:[87], 93.

2 Lib. 23.63.

3 Ante, 1.398, 401, 415.

4 Procuring a lock of Mr. Garrison's rather scanty supply of hair, Mr. Davis evolved the ‘psychometry’ of his new friend with a degree of success in characterization worth noticing (Lib. 23: 139).

5 Lib. 23.96.

6 Lib. 27.94.

7 Lib. 23:[83].

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Hartford (Connecticut, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
W. L. G. Lib (7)
W. L. Garrison (3)
Andrew Jackson Davis (3)
William Green (2)
Henry C. Wright (1)
William P. Donaldson (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
April 22nd, 1853 AD (1)
June 5th (1)
June 2nd (1)
May 26th (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: