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[259] cause in London, presided at a meeting in that city1 on September 27, to welcome the arrival of William2 Wells Brown (the fugitive-slave orator, then on his way to the Paris Peace Congress, as a delegate from the American Peace Society); and, rebuking his former associate for his want of moral courage in the land of slavery, pronounced ‘his recent conduct one of the greatest blots that could be affixed to his character.’ Another close colleague, and neighbor, James Haughton, had already written privately to Father Mathew in the same sense. The Apostle had refused to go to Worcester, Mass., and from Worcester, England, came the first municipal censure, uttered in the Guildhall, the mayor3 in the chair, at another reception to William Wells Brown. Punch threw its wit into the scale against the false priest. ‘Sambo’ writes to the editor:
Sar,—Him see by de Times correspondent at New York, dat4 some gentmen, members ob de Massachusetts Anti-Slabery5 Society, wait on Fader Mathew in Boston, and ask him to “tend annibersary in celebrashun ob de abolishun ob slabery in de British West Ingis. De bery rebberend Fader say no. ” Cause wy? Perhaps you tink him at work at him Pledge and him Pump. Not a bit ob it, Massa. Dis de way him trow him cold water on abolishun: ‘He abruptly declined the invitation, observing to the Committee that he was not aware of any passage in Scripture forbidding the existence of slavery.’

Beggin pardon ob Massa Mathew, de great Divine, me tink dere am passidge somewher dat tell you ‘whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.’ How Fader Mathew him like to be slabe? Whose niggar, tink you, him wish to be?

Father Mathew uttered no word in self-defence, or in recognition of the controversy raging over him. He went on administering the pledge; uncivilly avoiding6 Protestant temperance societies anxious to cooperate with one who, confessedly, owed his conversion to the7 cause to members of the Society of Friends and Protestant

1 Ms. Sept. 28, 1849.

2 G. Thompson to W. L. G.: Lib. 19.166.

3 Lib. 19.171.

4 Lib. 19.158.

5 See also. 19.177.

6 Lib. 19.190, 194.

7 Lib. 20.40.

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