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[166] division.1 They commended to the consideration of the2 several branches of the Alliance social evils like the profanation of the Lord's Day, intemperance, duelling, and the sin of slavery, with the hope that no branch would admit slaveholders ‘who, by their own fault, continue in that position, retaining their fellow-men in slavery from regard to their interests!’ Mr. Hinton, who had made one of the Committee, moved the adoption of its report, and the Conference gladly accepted the seeming settlement of the vexed question.

Two days later, at Freemasons' Hall, protests from the American delegates were presented, a reconsideration3 forced, and the action of the Conference rescinded, amid unanimous public condemnation. The Anti-Slavery4 League at once saw its opportunity, and called a great meeting in Exeter Hall to review the ‘Evangelical’ proceedings.

W. L. Garrison to his Wife.

Muswell Hill, near London, Sept. 17, 1846.
5 On Monday, Thompson and myself busied ourselves in some6 little preparation for the Exeter Hall meeting which we were to hold that evening, with special reference to the course pursued by the Evangelical Alliance on the subject of American slavery. Frederick joined us in the afternoon, having left7 Sheffield in the morning. Our meeting was a very triumphant one. The vast hall was densely crowded, and presented a brilliant spectacle. The interest and feeling manifested by the vast audience were of no ordinary character. Many of the friends, and some of the members, of the Alliance were present, some of them in no very amicable state of mind towards us. None of the American delegation showed their heads.

I spoke first, after some excellent prefatory remarks from the8 chairman, the Rev. John Burnet, a very able and independent

1 See his resentment (before the New School General Assembly at Philadelphia in June, 1846) at the republication of a letter of his dated Auburn, N. Y., Feb. 10, 1836, and addressed to a brother minister, in which he hesitated ‘not a moment to say that, other things being equal, a slaveholder of any description ought to be excluded from the communion of the churches’ (Lib. 16: 185; Penn. Freeman, June 11, 1846, p. 2).

2 Lib. 16:[154].

3 Lib. 16:[154].

4 Lib. 16.162, 198.

5 Ms.

6 Sept. 14, 1846.

7 F. Douglass.

8 Lib. 16.165; London Patriot, Sept. 17, 1846.

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