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[227] phonographic report, and whose remorse was so nicely graduated that he returned the garment without the papers. The odium redoubled upon Mr. Garrison by the1 religious press had a special regard to his abolitionism. Concern for the ‘sanctity of a day’ was, on both sides2 of the Atlantic, conspicuously manifested by those most indifferent to the ‘desecration of man.’ Thus, abroad, the Free Church of Scotland was raising money to3 support the operations of a Sabbath League. At home, a New England pro-slavery Sabbatarian press recoiled from the spectacle of the Rev. John G. Palfrey, a Massachusetts Representative in Congress, addressing to the Hon.4 Robert C. Winthrop, candidate for the Speakership of the House, a catechism as to his probable use of the office with reference to slavery and the Mexican War—on Sunday! But no pain was caused by Mr. Winthrop's replying, on the same day, in a way to forfeit his antislavery colleague's support.

The Anti-Sabbath Convention adjourned, on motion of5 Henry C. Wright, to meet at the call of the publishing committee in the following year. Meanwhile, this reformer, making free use of the columns of the Liberator, ventilated his disquieting views of the divine authority of the Bible in connection with war and slavery, in rough, axiomatic fashion, as under the caption, “The Bible a self-evident falsehood, if opposed to self-evident truth,” Lib. 18.153. and the like. The editor defended his correspondent's6 right of private judgment, whoever might be shocked, and, later, welcomed from another quarter a call for a7 Bible Convention. At the Non-Resistance anniversary meeting held on the last two days of the year, he offered a resolution denying that God, “as a just, beneficent, and unchangeable being,” Lib. 19.3. ever did or could authorize war, ‘any scriptures (whether styled sacred or profane) to the contrary notwithstanding’; holding, nevertheless, ‘that Non-Resistance is taught in the precepts, and illustrated in the life, of Jesus Christ; and, therefore, that no man who rejects the doctrine is entitled to be called a Christian ’

1 Lib. 18.22, 53, 64.

2 Lib. 18.50.

3 Lib. 18.50; Ms. Jan. 10, 1848, W. L. G. to E. M. Davis.

4 Lib. 18.14.

5 Lib. 18.51.

6 Lib. 18.186.

7 Lib. 18.190, 191.

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