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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.

Dedham, March 9, 1848.
3 The letter to Patrick Keogh I did my best to get to him. But as no such person was to be found at the address, and after having been sent on fool's errands into various parts of the town by your ‘finest pisantry on earth,’ I had to give it up, and was about consigning it to the ‘all-swallowing, indiscriminate orifice of the common post,’ as the divine Charles Lamb says (whose name you blasphemously take in vain by4 mentioning it in the same sentence with Nat. P. Rogers's), when Mrs. Chapman suggested that some of the priests might put it in the way of getting to him. So I proceeded to call upon the Bishop of Boston, Fitzpatrick by name, the more5 willingly as I had a curiosity to make the acquaintance of a live Catholic Bishop.

I sent up my card, and was graciously received and my business taken in charge. His Lordship then wished to know if I was the individual that was endeavoring to destroy the Sabbath, whose Call he had seen. Upon my confessing the


1 Ms.

2 Henry C. Wright.

3 Ms.

4 Cf. Whittier's Prose Works, 2.216.

5 John Bernard Fitzpatrick.

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