ation of marriage, and the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes —and offered to prove it from his writings.
Mr. Dickey even went so far as to call him a Hicksite Quaker—no
Lib. 8.46. anti-climax in Cresson's orthodox connection, and quite the equivalent of calling a man an infidel.
This latter form had now become the favorite one in the mouths of those clergymen who were seeking to make it a pretext
Lib. 8.169. for driving Mr. Garrison from the management of the cause.
Such an one, in Vermont, in the early summer, had denounced him from the pulpit as a Sabbathbreaker, an enemy to the Christian religion, a disturber of the peace of society, a violator of all law, both human and divine.
Language like this, which might well have been reserved for arch-criminals, could not fail to inculcate a lamentably false idea of Mr. Garrison's moral character among the public at large, and even to disquiet distant friends.
In the present instance the following private vindication seemed calle