and a similar coalition will be seen at the South rallying under the Black flag of slavery.
It will not be a strife of blood but a conflict of opinions, and it will be short and decisive.
Possibly, in that hour, the South may yield (and such a surrender would be to her victory and renown)--possibly, the spirit of desperation may triumph over her instinct of selfpreservation; but, in either case, the fate of slavery would be sealed, the character of the North redeemed, and an example given to mankind worthy to be recorded on the brightest page of history.
Thus much, at least, I am bold to prophesy.’
At the annual meeting of the Massachusetts 1
Anti-Slavery Society in Faneuil Hall, he secured the passage of the following resolution, of his own phrasing, which was shortly hoisted at the Liberator
masthead in place of the less pungent declaration which had hitherto been kept flying there:
‘Resolved, That the compact which exists between the North2 and the South is “a covenant with death and an agreement with3 hell” —involving both parties in atrocious criminality—and should be immediately annulled.’
Edmund Quincy to R. D. Webb.