subscribing to the foregoing principles, without respect of country, complexion, or religious or political creeds.
3. That the sole object of the League shall be the overthrow, by means exclusively moral and peaceful, of slavery in every land, but with special reference to the system now existing in the United States.
The League's first public demonstration was in its own behalf and in furtherance of Mr. Garrison
's mission, a meeting being held on the just-mentioned premises on1
the evening of August 17, 1846.
The audience was large, ‘most intelligent, respectable, and enthusiastic.’
As Mr. Garrison
wrote to his wife—
It was a real old-organized anti-slavery meeting, such as2 was never before held in this metropolis.
George Thompson was in the chair, and made a brief but earnest speech, in which he referred to me in a very kind and complimentary manner.3 Henry C. Wright made the opening speech, and it was “a4 scorcher,” and received great applause.
I followed him—and, on rising, was received by the assembly with a tempest of applause, they rising from their seats, swinging their hats, and cheering loudly.
I made a long speech, which elicited the5 strongest marks of approbation.
Douglass was received in a6 similar manner, and made one of his very best efforts.
I never7 saw an audience more delighted.
Henry Vincent made the8 closing speech, which was eloquently uttered and warmly cheered.
James Haughton, at the commencement, presented9 a resolution, welcoming us all to England, &c., &c. Rev. Mr. Kirk of Boston was in the meeting, but he found the10 atmosphere too warm for him at last, and left the room.
We began at half-past 6 P. M., and did not adjourn till 12 o'clock, very few having left at that late hour.
Everything was encouraging in the highest degree.
A few samples of Mr. Garrison
's remarks will show alike his tact and his method in addressing foreign auditors:
He was received with enthusiastic cheering, hundreds rising11 from their seats.
He wished to know if they were in earnest when they gave him that reception?
Were they disposed to12 regard him as the friend of universal liberty?
Then he begged