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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 4, Chapter 8: to England and the Continent.—1867. (search)
was the best of all he delivered in Great Britain, at least so far as pertains to the form, since he could do no less than prepare it carefully in advance of the ceremony. In Glasgow he had to encounter two demonstrations— a public breakfast, initiated by the Smeals and Patons July 19, 1867. and their anti-slavery associates, and an evening meeting —at each of which a fervid and impressive address, handsomely engrossed, was presented to him. Elsewhere, Sir, said the venerable Dr. William Anderson, in reading that at the breakfast, you have repeatedly said, in reply to the commendations of friends, that you have only done your duty; but you cannot surely have signified, in saying so, that you protested against their laudations. Why, Sir, it is precisely because you have done your duty that we hold you in admiration, and tender you our expression of it. And you must not check the flow of our feelings by any expression which might be construed as if you gave us back the pr