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‘ [169] opportunity of making such a change, among the greatest blessings; and, in all probability, nothing but a dissolution of the Union could produce such a glorious opportunity.’ The paper was incomplete, and he reserved the privilege of perfecting it. On August 25 he wrote to say that he was very ill, was probably inditing his last note, and that the paper must be considered concluded. On September 26 the great abolitionist passed away, affording the singular parallel with Wilberforce that1 each died while Mr. Garrison was in England, after recent interviews with him, and after publicly assenting to his most advanced strategy for the destruction of slavery.2 ‘It is a fact for a poet to celebrate,’ wrote S. J. May to his friend on his return, “that you should have been in England to attend the burial of Clarkson, as you were of his co-worker Wilberforce.” Lib. 16.194. But in this particular only the parallel fails, as Mr. Garrison was denied the privilege of following Clarkson's remains to the grave. On October 1, in ‘beautiful and affecting’3 terms, at a public meeting in Glasgow, he took notice of his venerated predecessor's

Repose at length, firm Friend of human kind.

A few days after their last meeting at Playford Hall, Mr. Garrison, with Douglass for his companion, betook4 himself to Bristol and Exeter. At the former place he was the guest of John Bishop Estlin, an eminent5 surgeon and oculist.

W. L. Garrison to H. C. Wright.

Bristol, August 26, 1846.
6 Yesterday afternoon, we had a public meeting at the Victoria Rooms (a splendid building), which was attended by a most


1 Ante, 1.357-361, 365, 379.

2 To disunion Clarkson gave ready assent as soon as it was presented to him by Henry C. Wright (Ms. April 23, 1845, Clarkson to Wright). The noble old man wrote to this American friend on Oct. 24, 1845, when he had been for nearly a year confined to his bedroom—‘Never mind wearying me—consider what a glorious cause we have’ (Ms.). See the resolution offered by Edmund Quincy in Faneuil Hall on Mr. Garrison's return, touching these coincidences of Clarkson and Wilberforce (Lib. 16: 202).

3 Glasgow Argus, Oct. 15, 1846.

4 Aug. 24-28, 1846.

5 47 Park St.

6 Ms.

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