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[142] be the constitutional duty of the Legislature of Massachusetts promptly to declare, in the name of the people, that such act is null and void, and can never receive their sanction, be the consequences what they may.

Mr. C. F. Adams again objected to such an affirmation1 on the part of the meeting, because it could not unite all, though the resolution merely echoed his own utterances in the Legislature, and that body's agreement with him. He confessed sadly to have learned that the people at large were not behind him, that they were divided, and that a low tone must be adopted towards them. In other words, a right public sentiment had to be created, and to that end Wendell Phillips, while approving his friend's resolution, at the same time urged that a committee be formed. ‘As to disunion,’ he remarked, “it must and will come. Calhoun wants it at one end of the UnionGarrison wants it at the other. It is written in the counsels of God. Meantime, let all classes and orders and interests unite in using the present hour to prevent the consummation of this annexation of Texas.” Lib. 15.177.

A State Anti-Texas Committee resulted from a mass2 meeting held in Faneuil Hall on November 4, with Charles Francis Adams in the chair; the stirring resolutions being offered by John G. Palfrey, the Massachusetts Secretary of State. At the head of this committee stood Mr. Adams, and Mr. Garrison was among his colleagues, consenting ‘to become a member of the Committee as an experiment,3 and to help more clearly to demonstrate the futility of any and every attempt to assail slavery in its incidents and details. The Slave Power must be attacked and vanquished openly, as such, and no quarter given to it either in the gross or in part. To this conclusion, we are happy to say, the Committee unanimously came; and this4 is a sign of the times of no ordinary significance. In what mode it is best to assail that power, the Committee could not as unanimously agree; but we are every hour more deeply convinced that there is but one mode and one alternative presented to the people of the free States, and ’

1 Lib. 15.177.

2 Lib. 15.178.

3 Lib. 16.19.

4 Lib. 16.17.

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