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[388] the anti-slavery cause, but simply as a man, uttering my own thoughts, on my own responsibility; and, therefore, whoever shall avail himself of my presence here to make me odious as the advocate of the slave, or to subject any anti-slavery body to reproach on that account, will reveal himself in his true character—that of a bigot, a hypocrite, or a falsifier.

Those who care may read the outpourings of the press, both secular and religious, on the ‘Infidel Convention,’ as grouped in the Liberator. The mob, as usual, found1 there its justification; and frightened editors even talked2 of securing legislative prohibition of such gatherings in the State of Connecticut, in view of the announcement3 that another Bible Convention would be held in January, 1854.

An excursion to Flushing, Long Island, in August, to take part in the celebration of West India emancipation4 under the management of the New York City Anti-Slavery Society,5 broke for a moment Mr. Garrison's summer rest. By the end of the same month, he was on his way to New York to share in an extraordinary series of meetings crowded into a single week. In May a so-called World's Temperance Convention had been held in that city, under the customary clerical auspices, and, though6 consenting at first to admit certificated delegates from the Women's State Temperance Society, was convulsed by a motion to place one of them on the business committee. A hearing was refused to the women themselves, and they were finally excluded, as not contemplated in the call. A secession accordingly took place, led by the Rev. T. W. Higginson of Worcester, Mass. A fall meeting having been arranged for the same misnamed Convention, on September 6, 7, a counter Whole World's Temperance Convention was projected for September 1, 2, and Mr. Garrison was naturally among the signers of7 the latter call. He took a very subordinate part in the8

1 Lib. 23.96.

2 Lib. 23.95.

3 Proceedings Hartford Bible Convention, p. 371.

4 Aug. 4, 1853; Lib. 23.129.

5 This organization was consequent upon the transfer of Oliver Johnson from the editorship of the Pennsylvania Freeman to the associate editorship (with S. H. Gay) of the National Anti-Slavery Standard (Lib. 23: 47, 50, [78], 107).

6 Lib. 23:[84]; Hist. Woman Suffrage, 1.499.

7 Lib. 23.115.

8 Ms. Sept. 5, 1853, W. L. G. to H. E. G.; Lib. 23.146.

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