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‘ [88] 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.

Dedham, January 29, 1843.
4 We dissolved the Union by a handsome vote, after a warm debate.5 The question was afterwards reconsidered and passed in another shape, being wrapped up by Garrison in some of his favorite Old Testament Hebraisms by way of vehicle, as the apothecaries say.

The Church question next came up, introduced by Garrison in the broadest Herald of Freedom shape, and maintained in a speech attacking the Church and Ministry as direct obstacles to the progress of the cause. This I marvelled at, knowing his extreme caution, and the untenableness of his position on our platform. I replied to him, affirming that the origin or authority of the Church or Ministry were questions we had nothing to do with as members of the Mass. Society; that all we had a right to do was to demand that every one should use all the means and machinery he thinks he has a right to use for the


1 Jan. 27, 1843.

2 Lib. 13.19.

3 Isa. 28: 15; ante, pp. 52, 53.

4 Ms.

5 This was on a resolution offered by Wendell Phillips (Lib. 13: 19).

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