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[151] which he did, with many touching references to ‘tyranny and oppression,’ and many tropes in which Liberty cut a pretty figure. This discourse had the desired effect in raising a sum of money, to which the mayor of the city contributed his mite and his name. And so pleased was the schismatic pastor of Free St. David's, Glasgow, that he reprinted the Rev. Dr. Smyth's unmoral rhetoric, with a prefatory note. To his surprise, however, a well-informed, but irreverent, Glasgow editor exposed “the flashy, high-sounding, unmeaning words” Lib. 14.57. of the Charleston divine; and, hoping that the money had not yet arrived, looked to see the Free Church treasurer send it back by return of steamer, as blood-stained, together with a sermon ‘suited to the circumstances of slaveholders,’ for the special benefit of the Rev. Dr. Smyth.

The poor editor found his excuse, perhaps, in the fact that religious Scotland was just then greatly exercised by the news that a South Carolina judge had passed1 sentence of death on a Northern man, John L. Brown, for aiding the escape of a female slave. The incident, except among abolitionists,2 created no excitement in this3 country. In England it was pathetically commented on in the House of Lords by Brougham and by the Lord4 Chief-Justice Denman, who spoke, as William Ashurst5 87. wrote to the Liberator, “in the name of all the Judges of England on this horrible iniquity.” Lib. 14.87. O'Connell thundered against it before the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery6 Society. A memorial to the nonentity known as the Churches of Christ in South Carolina, ‘as representing those of other provinces, confederated in the United States of America,’ was drawn up and signed by more7 than 1300 ‘ministers and office-bearers of Christian churches and benevolent societies in Lancashire, London, and elsewhere in England.’ Hardly was this surpassed by the Scotch conscience, which called great meetings—

1 Lib. 14.34, 51, 62, 66, 67.

2 See Whittier's poem and prefatory note on this incident on p. 89, vol. 3, of his Writings, ed. 1888.

3 Lib. 14.67.

4 Lib. 14.67, 87.

5 Under the nom de guerre of ‘Edward Search.’

6 Lib. 14.102.

7 Lib. 14.67, 77.

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