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At a public meeting in Edinburgh : • Resolved, After what has been now and formerly stated by Mr. GEORGE THOMPSON, we are fully persuaded that he has in spirit, procedure, and success, exceeded the most sanguine expectations of the Emancipation Society-that by his firmness and prudence, zeal and perseverance in advocating the cause of the bondmen in the United States, he has amply redeemed every pledge given by him to the friends of human freedom, by whom he was deputed—that, amidst obloquy, peril, and physical violence, he continued to persevere, until, by the verdict of transatlantic friends, the best judges in this matter, his remaining longer would, without promoting the cause,
have compromised his own safety. We acknowledge the good hand of Providence that has been around him, bid him cordial welcome to his native shore, renew our expressions of confidence in him as a talented advocate of the liberties of man, and trust that a suitable field may soon be opened for the renewal of his exertions.'
On Thursday, the 18th August, a meeting was held in Exeter Hall, London,-RICHARD PECK, Esq. late High Sheriff of the city of London and the county of Middlesex, in the chair,-at which, after an eloquent address from Mr. THOMPSON, the following resolution was carried by acclamation, the meeting standing up:
• Resolved, That this meeting hail with delight, the safe return of their distinguished countryman to his native land, and respectfully offer him their warm and grateful acknowledgments for his philanthropic and self-denying labors in the United States of America, in behalf of their suffering and oppressed fellow-men.'
The following comments upon the return of Mr. Thompson to England were published in the Liberator immediately after his departure :
He has gone ! The paragon of modern eloquence—the benefactor of two nations—the universal philanthropist-the servant of God, and the friend of all mankind-is no longer in our midst ! Abandoning the field of his well-deserved and ever increasing popularity-bidding adieu to his native shores, and to a vast multitude of as dear and estimable friends as one man ever possessed-hie committed himself, with his family, to the perils of the deep, and fearlessly ventured, in the cause of the bound and bleeding slave, to encounter the still greater perils which he was conscious awaited him upon these shores. It was no ordinary sacrifice of ease, preferment, safety, interest and popularity, that he made, when he resolved to plead the heaven-originated cause of universal emancipation in a land of republican despots and christian kidnappers. He exchanged his ease for rigorous hardship ; he coveted abasement more than preferment; for safety he substituted peril; he sacrificed his interest for the pleasure of doing good; and he consented to leave his popularity among good men at home, that he might be honored with the abuse and proscription of wicked men abroad. His departure from England was viewed with regret and admiration by a nobleand philanthropic people. They would have gladly retained him in
their midst, had they not been convinced that Providence had a great work for him to perform in this hemisphere : they did not love themselves less, but they loved the perishing slaves more. Wherever he went to bid thein farewell, they rushed in crowds to hang upon the melting accents of his lips, and to pay him the respect of grateful hearts. Testimonials of their love were profusely showered upon him from John o' Groat to the Land's End. Never, perhaps, did man break through stronger ties to make himself an exile, and a by-word and gazing-stock among the plunderers and oppressors of the human race. A physical Lafayette had come to these shores on a bloody errand of patriotism and the applause of a belligerous world resounded like the voice of many waters, till the ethereal concave became tremulous with emotion. A moral Lafayette came hither on a mission of peaceful liberty and holy love, and the hosts of heaven rejoiced and gave glory to God. Both excited the fear and hatred of tyrants : the former was dreaded for his rank and influence the latter for his christian courage and spiritual might. The former came equipped with carnal weapons, to sunder the chains of political oppression by the arm of violence: the latter came with the whole armor of God, having his loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness, and his feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and taking the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, to effect a two-fold emancipation, both of the body and the soul. The former slaughtered opposing forces, to vindicate the rights of man: the latter toiled unceasingly to maintain the honor of God in the peaceful deliverance of the captive, through conviction of sin and the spirit of repentance. The former aimed to establish a better human government than the world had ever witnessed : the latter sought to enforce upon all men the perfect government of God.
He has gone ! And with him will go the prayers and blessings, the gratitude and love, the respect and admiration, of all those who cherish an innate and holy hatred of oppression, and who hold no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Around the hearts of thousands in this country, his memory is entwined with the ties of a deathless affection : for they have known him, and can testify of his extraordinary worth. What a rich freight of gratitude would accompany him, more to be desired than the treasures of royal argosies, from millions who yet pine in slavery, if they could understand how much he has suffered and hazarded to unlose their fetters ! But their emancipated descendants will not forget the debt!
He has gone ! But not in vain did he come hither. By his presence, and the power of his victorious eloquence, and the resistless energy of his movements, he has shaken the land from side to side. In one year he has accomplished the labor of many. At the mention of his name, republican tyrants stand aghast, and their knees smite violently against each other.
Unable to hide the bloody stains that disfigure their polluted garments conscious of their full exposure to the detestation and rebuke of a horrorstricken world—and despairing of ever regaining an honorable reputation until they emancipate the victims of their lust and avarice—they have sought to destroy the advocates of righteous liberty, with wolf-like ferocity and fiendish hate. Especially have they planned to abduct and murder the man, who, having been signally instrumental in breaking the fetters of eight hundred thousand slaves in the British Colonies, heroically came to these shores to assist in emancipating a still larger number of bleeding captives. But, thanks be to God, he has walked unharmed through the fire which they kindled to consume him, and the smell thereof has not passed upon his garments.
He has gone! But not to cease from his labors in the cause of mercy. He has a mighty work to perform in England, and there he will toil like an unbound giant. With the materials which he has industrlously accumu. lated iv this country, and which he has carried with him, he cannot fail to rouse up and concentrate the entire sympathies and energies of the people of Great Britain, in opposition to American slavery; and it is by the pressure of public sentiment abroad, as well as at home, that the bloody system is to be tumbled into ruins. Let the same withering public sentiment prevail throughout Christendom respecting the guilt of slaveholding, as now obtains in opposition to the diabolical slave trade, and the day of jubilee will be ushered in without delay. Our pride, as a nation, will not be able much longer to bear the taunts and jeers of the world, in view of our bypocrisy, falsehood and oppression; and our consciences, seared though they be as with a hot iron, will yet be awakened to remorse and repentance by the thunders of Sinai and the melting accents of Calvary. The Christians of Great Britain, of all denominations, will multiply their warnings, rebukes aud exhortations to their brethren in this country,--and not in vain.
He has gone! The dagger of a murderous nation has been pointed at his heart, and he has been hunted like a 'partridge upon the mountains. He came to us on an errand of mercy, drawn by the ties of Christ, and spared no pains to bring us to repentance for our manifold transgressions. To Natter us was easy—but he loved the truth and hated falsehood. He would not suffer sin opon us, because he loved us in his heart, and would have laid down his life for our salvation. Yet he was pursued like a wild beast, his name cast out as evil, and he was reckoned among the enemies of the republic ! He has gone ! But the foreign MAN-MONKEY remains behind, to show us how exactly he can grin like an ape, look like an ape, climb and chatter like an ape, and' finally die like an ape—and his popularity and patronage are increasing daily! He is no emissary—no enemy - but an acquisition to liberty and equality !--[Alluding to a French harlequin then performing in this country in the character of a monkey.
5 The following Letter should have been inserted in the body of the work, preceding that which will be found on page 106. It refers to the mob in Boston, October 21st, 1835.
“THURSDAY AFTERNOON, Oct. 22, 1835. MY BELOVED BROTHER GARRISON :
The news has reached me of yesterday's proceedings in Boston. I rejoice that you have escaped the jaws of the lion, and are yet among the living—the living to praise God. To Him let us render our humble acknowledgements. May you be sustained under your present afflictions, and survive to behold the triumph of those principles which you have for some years lived only to advocate ! I sympathise with you,
and every sufferer in our holy cause, and could almost envy you the honor of having been assailed by a blood-thirsty multitude. Put your trust in that Being who smiles at the wrath of men, and will cause it to advance his glory. After all, what have our enemies done? what liave their tar and feathers, their demolitions, their lacerations, scourgings and hangings effected? Have they extinguished the truth ? No. Have they shaken our principles ? No. Have they proved wrong to be right; falsehood, truth ; cruelty, kindness; or slavery, liberty? No. Have they shaken the throne of the Eternal ? Have they stopped the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, that the cry of the slave cannot enter ? No! None of these things have occurred. Our principles live, and are triumphing in every direction. The God of the American slave sits high on his throne, counting the sighs and groans of his people, and will come down to deliver. Abolitionists live, and multiply, and daily wax stronger and stronger in the work of mercy they have laid hold upon, nor can any scourges our enemies can plait, nor any gibbets they can erect, be aught but the emblem of their own infatuation and madness.
I think I see the end of these outbreakings. The opposers of this cause have themselves a bitter lesson to learn. They will rouse a spirit which will speedily furn and rend them, when it is too late to prevent it. Let them make mob-law paramount to all other law, and those respectable instigators will at no distant day be destroyed by the recoil of their own weapons.
Our cause advances rapidly, majestically, and gloriously—who can stay its course ?
I have not time to write more. My heart is with you. As the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, so is my soul to your soul. Your joys, sorrows, perils, persecutions, friends and foes, are mine. May God direct us in this crisis, and enable us with meekness and wisdom to do his perfect will, and cheerfully suffer every thing which awaits us. Your unalterably attached friend and brother,
LECTURE AT LOWELL, MASS.
On Sunday evening, October 5th, GEORGE THOMPSON, Esq. the abolitionitst, delivered a lecture on Slavery in the Town Hall, Lowell. The spacious room was filled some time before the commencement of the proceedings, and when Mr. Thompson began his lecture, there were upwards of one thousand persons present. The meeting was opened with singing and prayer.
The following is a faint sketch of Mr. Thompson's discourse, which occupied an hour and three quarters in the delivery.
He (the lecturer) felt truly grateful for the present very favorable opportunity of discussing before an American audience, the merits and bearings of a question, which, more than any other that could agitate their minds, was connected with the honor, happiness, and prosperity of the people of this land. He besought a kind, patient, and attentive hearing. He asked no favor for his doctrines, his arguments, or his opinions. Let these be subjected to the severest ordeal. Let them be tested by reason, truth and scripture, and if they squared not with the dictates and requirements of these, let them be repudiated. The West Indies had already witnessed the operation of the great measure, which the justice and humanity of the British Nation had obtained for the slave. All eyes were now turned towards the United States of America, to see if that land of Liberty, of Republicanism, of Bibles, of Missions, of Temperance Societies, and Revivals, would direct her matchless energies to the blessed work of enfranchising her slaves, and elevating her entire colored population.
As a feeble and unworthy instrument in the hand of Him, without whom there was neither wisdom, nor strength, nor goodness, he (Mr. T.) had come amongst