The most interesting event of the year for Mr. Garrison was the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the1 Boston mob in the very hall from which the Female Anti-Slavery Society had been expelled in 1835. Nothing it lacked, of solemnity or historic picturesqueness, but the presence of Mrs. Chapman, who was on the eve of embarking for America after a seven years residence abroad. But beside Francis Jackson, who of right was called to preside, sat Mrs. Thankful Southwick, one of the former vice-presidents of the Society, supported by2 Miss Henrietta Sargent, a fellow-member. The Rev.3 Samuel May, Jr., read fitting extracts from the Psalms. Prayer was offered by the Rev. James Freeman Clarke. Mr. Garrison then read, and the audience sang tenderly, those thrilling lines of Whittier's ‘Paean’ which, though composed in 1848, seemed designed for the present occasion:
Now, joy and thanks for evermore!
The dreary night has well-nigh passed,
The slumbers of the North are o'er,—
The Giant stands erect at last!