Chapter 8: the Anti-Sabbath Convention.—1848.In view of active Sabbatarian propagandism, and of the constant efforts of the clergy to put obstacles in the way of Sunday abolition meetings, Garrison plans with H. C. Wright an Anti-Sabbath Convention in Boston, draws up the call, and directs the proceedings. He watches the rise of the Free Soil Party. Review of the Life of Channing.
‘Garrison,’ as Wendell Phillips reported to Elizabeth1 Pease on February 11, 1848,
has quite recovered his flesh, looks quite hearty, and resumes work with ardor. His new Sabbath Call is finely drawn up, I think. I did not sign it, though agreeing with its principles; mainly because I feel no such necessity for a specific movement against the Sabbath as he and H. C. W. do. The popular mind seems to me2 clearing itself up fast enough for all practical purposes: these theological reforms have but a secondary interest for me.Quincy, too, was antipathetic.
Edmund Quincy to R. D. Webb, in Dublin.