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You will understand, of course, that there was nothing like unkindness between us. We agreed to differ as to the measure, as far as we did, in the most catholic and merriest spirit. There will be fun at the Convention, I doubt not. The movement has made a great stir in the community, and especially among the devouter sort of Unitarians!


The Call for an Anti-Sabbath Convention in Boston had2 begun to be sent out for signatures late in December, 1847. The author of it advised S. J. May that it had been ‘drawn up with great care and deliberation, and sanctioned by a large committee of our best reformatory spirits’; but Mr. May could not yield entire sympathy or allow his name to be appended. ‘I am sorry,’ he responded on January3 15, 1848, ‘you are going to have a Convention, because it will help rather than hinder the project of the Sabbatarians. Opposition will give importance to their doings.’ He thought the Sabbath laws were a dead-letter. Theodore Parker, however, as in the time of the 4 ChardonStreet Convention, was less disturbed than his Unitarian brother:

Theodore Parker to W. L. Garrison.

Boston, Jan. 9, 1848.
5 My dear Sir: I heartily subscribe my name to the Call for the Convention which you speak of. But I don't think I shall be able to take any prominent part in the discussions at that Convention. Still, I will do what I can. Sometimes I have thought that hitherto, amid the fierce this-worldliness of N. E., nothing6 but superstition would keep [the people] (in their present low state) from perverting the Sunday yet worse by making all their time devoted to Mammon. But there is ‘a better time a-coming,’ and God bless you in all attempts to bring it now.

By the time the Call was first printed in the Liberator,7 the following signatures had been obtained: W. L. Garrison, Francis Jackson, Theodore Parker, Edmund Jackson, Charles F. Hovey,8 John W. Browne, Maria W. Chapman,

1 Lib. 18.22.

2 Ms. Jan. 8, 1848, Thos. McClintock to W. L. G. Ms. Jan. 10, 1848.

3 Ms. to W. L. G.

4 Ante, 2.422-426.

5 Ms.

6 New England.

7 Jan. 21, 1848; Lib. 18.11.

8 ‘A rich, money-making merchant [of Boston],’ as Quincy described him to Webb (Ms. Oct. 3, 1848), ‘at the same time a thorough-going Garrisonian. He came into the cause some three years ago, by the way of Democracy, Free Trade, Hard Money, No Monopoly, Freedom of Public Land, etc. Finding out that all the political parties were equally selfish and unprincipled, and really wishing to do some good in the world, he bethought himself of anti-slavery, and the first thing he did was to call and make Mrs. Chapman's aquaintance, and give her fifty dollars for the Fair. Having thus come in at the gate and not over the wall, he was soon inline with us, and is now as thoroughly one of the Cab as if he had always belonged to it. He is a member of the American and Mass. Boards, and is always ready with his money, and has no reverences of any kind. He began by being a Come-outer. He is one of the best of fellows. A thorough man of business, managing a very large concern and making plenty of money, without being the slave of business or money.’

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