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
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.”
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.