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
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