It was called by political gentlemen, mostly Whigs, not by3 abolitionists. It was very fully attended, and the galleries were crowded. Garrison was made a delegate from his ward by the4 influence of F. Jackson. Phillips could not be elected, to our5 great grief. The Convention only put forth an Address,6 protesting against annexation, and appointed a Committee of Correspondence; on the ground that they would not suppose
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2 ‘Mr. Webster united in the Convention,’ and ‘consulted with and assisted Stephen C. Phillips, Charles Allen, and Charles Francis Adams, in preparing the Address of the Convention—an address filled with noble sentiments of hostility to slavery domination’ (Henry Wilson in the Massachusetts Senate, 1852; Lib. 22.41). ‘I remember that when, in 1845, the present leaders of the Free Soil Party, with Daniel Webster in their company, met to draw up the Anti-Texas Address of the Massachusetts Convention, they sent to abolitionists for anti-slavery facts and history, for the remarkable testimonies of our Revolutionary great men which they wished to quote’ (Wendell Phillips, speech before the Mass. A. S. Society, Jan. 27, 1853; Lib. 23: 26). See Chas. Sumner's Life, 2: 331.
3 Ms. Jan. 30, 1845.
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