at the city line.
The temperance societies took charge of him, he was welcomed by Governor Briggs
in the name1
of the Commonwealth
, and addressed the people on the Common.
Throngs of men, women, and children—and not Irish alone—took of him medals and pledges in2
In one street, as Wendell Phillips
to Elizabeth Pease
, where there were sixteen grog-shops, his presence closed all but three.
In the midst of this popularity Father Mathew
was suddenly made the subject of vehement discussion all over the country, and even in the Capitol
He was now well on in years, being nearly sixty, and ill-prepared on this score to maintain in America
the anti-slavery pretensions lightly made in Ireland
He was, moreover, a Catholic and a priest; and doubtless, during his stay with Bishop Hughes
in New York, had been warned by that4
slaveite to avoid contact with the abolitionists.
had already had to resort to the pious fraud of impeaching the genuineness of Father Mathew
signature to the Irish Address
, and was not anxious to be confuted by the Apostle
's action on this side of the Atlantic
But the Board of Managers
of the Massachusetts Anti
-Slavery Society had a plain duty—out of respect to Father Mathew
's integrity as a man, and gratitude for the aid he had proffered them by lending his name to the Address—to join in the general welcome of him to America
The date of his Eastern visit afforded the fittest possible opportunity for extending the following invitation, drafted by Mr. Garrison
, who was made chairman of the committee charged with presenting it: