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[250] in the words of the Address alluded to, ‘America is cursed by Slavery! Never cease your efforts until perfect liberty be granted to every one of her inhabitants, the black man as well as the white man. Join with the Abolitionists everywhere; they are the only consistent advocates of liberty.’

It will be doubly gratifying to you to know that the Abolitionists in America are thoroughgoing teetotallers; and it would be1 no less so to learn (what, alas! is not the fact) that teetotallers are uniformly Abolitionists.

Congratulating you on your safe arrival in this country, trusting that your mission of mercy will be crowned with unparalleled success, and assuring you of our sincere regard and heart-felt admiration, we remain, dear sir,

In behalf of three millions of Slaves,

Yours for universal liberty and sobriety,


What followed the application of this touchstone shall be related in Mr. Garrison's own words:

On Friday morning, July 27th, Dr. H. I. Bowditch and2 myself went to the Adams House, in order to obtain an introduction to Father Mathew, and to be sure that the letter of the Committee, inviting him to participate in the celebration of that great and glorious event, the entire abolition of British West India slavery, failed not to be put into his hands. Fortunately, we found him disengaged, and were introduced to each other by our esteemed friend, William A. White of3 Watertown.4 What transpired during the interview (which was a very brief one, as we felt unwilling to trespass upon his time, and as we immediately perceived that the object of our visit was not particularly agreeable to him), was substantially as follows:

Turning to me, Father Mathew said—‘Mr. Garrison, your name is very familiar to me.’ ‘Yes,’ I said, smiling, ‘I am somewhat notorious, though not as yet very popular.’ He then added—‘You have some very warm friends in Cork.’


1 Ante, p. 195.

2 Lib. 19.126.

3 Ante, p. 101.

4 The host of Father Mathew on the eve of his entry into Boston (Lib. 19.119).

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