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[253] winced under it—under the odium cast by American traffickers in human flesh! Of what, then, should he be proud on earth? Such odium he should have gloried in, as the evidence of his fidelity to the cause of down-trodden humanity.

Finding nothing was to be gained by protracting the interview, and feeling deeply saddened by the result, we took our leave, again expressing the hope that he would attentively read the letter we had just put into his hands, and answer it at his earliest convenience. To that letter he has not had the courtesy to make any reply.

I have endeavored to state what was said at this interview by Father Mathew and myself with as much verbal accuracy as possible, and believe that I have not only given the substance, but nearly the exact words, of the conversation between us. What gave me special surprise, and inflicted the deepest wound upon my spirit, was the apparent lack of all sympathy for the slave, of all interest in the anti-slavery movement. Not a syllable fell from his lips, expressive of pleasure that the American slave has his faithful and devoted advocates—or of joy at the emancipation of eight hundred thousand bondmen in the British Isles! It is with great sorrow of heart that I lay these facts before America, Ireland, and the world.


The report of this interview arrested public attention everywhere, being more or less fully copied by the press. Temperance organs, ex officio, invented apologies for Father1 Mathew. Catholic organs, ex officio, did likewise, but2 abusively of the abolitionists; political papers North, like Thurlow Weed's Albany Journal, generally extolled3 his behavior and denounced the anti-slavery conspiracy4 to limit his usefulness; and Southern editors for the most5 part condoned the crime of the Address in view of his present attitude towards the Garrisonians. To this chorus quondam Liberty Party voices were not wanting. Elizur Wright, in his Chronotype, pictured ‘Father Mathew put6 under the anathema maranatha of 21 Cornhill [i. e., the Anti-Slavery Office],’ and praised his refusal ‘to yield himself up to be used as the stock in trade of a certain clique of abolitionists,’ and resolve ‘to maintain his independence and catholicity.’ ‘We will not close,’ continued

1 Lib. 19.145.

2 Lib. 19.133.

3 Lib. 19.133.

4 Lib. 19.157.

5 Lib. 19.148, 153.

6 Lib. 19.133.

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