the hospitality of the Davises with H. C. Wright
, Parker1 Pillsbury
, and Joseph Barker
, the last-named being chosen to preside over the Convention
had apparently taken permanent leave of his native England
, having purchased a farm in Ohio
and removed thither with his2
On his preliminary visit to this country he had received from Mr. Garrison
attentions like those3
he had bestowed in England
Once settled, he identified himself with the abolitionists, writing copiously for the4 Liberator
, and finding there admission (which Edmund Quincy
denied to it in the Liberty Bell
) for an article5
showing that; since the Bible
sanctioned slavery, the book must be demolished as a condition precedent to emancipation.
In November, 1852, he had been prime mover in a Bible Convention held at Salem, Ohio
concerning which he reported to Mr. Garrison
meetings had been crowded, with just enough opposition.
, likewise, there was a very full attendance, but the opposition was certainly excessive.
Not that the clergy of the city appeared in force to deprecate the proposed examination of the Bible
, or to maintain its divine origin and authority.
With a single exception, they held entirely aloof.
The Rev. Joseph Turner
, a local Second-Adventist preacher, and the Rev. George Storrs
of8 Brooklyn, N. Y.
, belonging to the same despised denomination,9
alone had the courage of their opinions and stood up for the inspiration of the Bible
They were (considering merely their adversaries) very unequal to the task, yet they served as rallying-points to the disorderly elements in the galleries —notably the divinity students from the adjacent Trinity College.
These, as Mr. Garrison
attempted to break up the meeting by stamping, shouting,10 yelling, groaning, grunting, hissing, mocking, cursing, whistling, making indecent and insulting expressions, on one occasion turning off the gas and extinguishing the lights, so that the meeting was for some time compelled to suspend its proceedings, and behaving throughout like a troop of demons let loose from the pit. Every appeal to their sense of propriety, to their