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'mad' with much learning. Others may have almost been persuaded.' I cannot detail his arguments, or give any—the faintest idea of his impression. I have a dazzling impression on my memory of a portraiture of American slavery-terribly graphic-an exposition of the Levittical Law, in its bearings on ancient servitude and on modern slavery-one which, I think, will forever deter all who heard it, from venturing thither for warrant or apology for the infamous system of American slaveholding :-of a glance at Abraham and his household, marching to the slaughter of the kings—a train little enough resembling a gang of sullen, heavy-footed negroes, goaded to the rice swarm--and still less a coffle of chained men moving through Freedom's capital, at the sound of her national music, to a more disinal bondage in the far south. St. Paul's recapture and remanding of the fugitive Onesimus, was illustrated by a commentary that will effectually warn all our scripture-mongers, who go about vindicating this slavery (which they hate worse than the abolitionists) from the bible, against quoting again from the epistle to Philemon! The utter impracticability of gradual or partial emancipation,--the danger of indulging the captive with a lengthened chain, while you hold him still bound,-the folly of attempting a lingering release of him from his thraldrom, link by link, ---and the dangers of immediate emancipation, he portrayed. From the two million and a half of butchers who would be · let loose' upon the defenceless white folks, by immediate abolition, he begged leave to make some detachments. First, he begged to detach all the infancy. This would hardly add to the force of an insurrection. Then all the childhood, below the years tall enough to reach a throat to cut it ;-then the decripit age, whose vigor had long been exhausted in slavery's toil, and which even emancipation could not recall;--the mothers rejoicing in their children-theirs at last beyond the reach of the auctioneer and the kidnapper ;---the countless band of sable youth and beauty, with modesty sacrificed and affections offered up on the altar of the white man's shame; then the sick---a host at all times under the tender mercies' of the system ; the christians---' resisting not evil'---much less rising upon benefactors; and last and least too---the favorite slaves--the 'kindly treated.' All

these he would detach, and be thankful for ; and against the revengeful gratitude of the residue, he commended the defenceless master to the strong arm of the law, to justice and to God. Oh, for the pen of a ready writer, to have caught his glorious refutation of the impious slander that the black man was inferior in native capacity to his oppressor! His burning reprehension of our demanding fruit from the tree to which we denied the fertility of the earth, the dew, the shower, and the sunshine; consigning it to darkness and sterility, and then scornfully demanding of it foliage and fruits ! I doubt if the stenographer could have availed himself of his art to arrest his enchanting exclamations, they could be felt, but could not be followed.' I cannot speak of his reading and comments on the fiftieth of Isaiah. Every christian ought to have come to the field upon it, as at the sound of a trumpet. He cried aloud, and he did not spare. He spoke of the south and the slaveholder in terms of christian affection-declared himself a brother to the slave-master -a fellow sinner-under like condemnation with him, but for the grace of Godof the country—its history, its great names, its blood-bought privileges, and its blood-cemented union ; he spoke with thrilling and overpowering admiration, lamenting the stain of slavery upon our otherwise glorious renown.

Much as I was captivated with his oratory and force, it was the sweet spirit of the christian that won most my admiration and affection, it was the spirit of the beloved disciple' and he comes into this guilty land not to spy out its nakedness, or abundance, or to regard our boasted politics; but in obedience to that solemn command, · Go ye into all nations ;' and to the Lo, I am with you,' we commit him, for protection against the violence of our multitudes and the councils of our chief priests and pharisees.

After he had closed, the resolution was put to the meeting for their adoption. It was read by the chairman with a feeling somewhat below the fervor of the speaker. Still, a very goodly number of hands were raised in its support, and only three were seen to go up in answer to the call for opposition. Three hands !--and these were of gentlemenscholars-bred to the generous pursuits of learning ! Before the addresses, scarcely three, beside the few profess

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MR. THOMPSON AT PLYMOUTH, N. H.

ed abolitionists, would have risen in favor of the doctrines of the resolution.

The assembly dispersed quietly and with the utmost decorum, after prayer by our beloved pastor.

Many abolitionists were confirmed, and many, I have no doubt, made at the meeting. The addresses were spoken of with universal admiration, the cause opposed with moderated and respectful tone. The result will be most happy for the cause. I have only to say

that our brethren might come among us again. Another such hearing would assemble thousands, and thousands may assemble in Grafton county without danger of mobs. We have enough of honorable character among the opposition to hold our mobocracy in respectful check. I hope they will visit us again early. This county is an important section of the State. The temperance cause received some of its earliest and most powerful impulses here, and 'good temperance ground is good abolition ground.'

In haste, my dear sir,-too much to retrench my long and crude letter, I remain, truly and affectionately, yours,

N. P. ROGERS.

MR. THOMPSON AT PAWTUCKET, R. I.

PAWTUCKET, Nov. 28, 1834. MR. GARRISON :-MrThompson has made a powerful, happy, and, I trust, lasting impression in favor of the cause of emancipation in the city of Providence. In the providence of God, I was prevented hearing him; but the tree is known by the fruit, and of that I can say it is good and abundant.

Whatever of prejudice might have been entertained by any of his audience against him personally, was vanquished forthwith, and lost in a conviction of his disinterested love to God and man, and his honesty of purpose ; and that in his mission and labors, he is moved by the invincible agency of Christian philanthropy. He said that he was accused of being a foreigner, but that could not be his fault, for he was not consulted respecting the place of his birth ; had he been, he might have chosen to have been born in the good city of Providence.'

Of his eloquence, I have heard but one sentiment expressed, viz. that it is of the very first order. An acquaintance of mine, a political editor, said, that he did not hesitate to pronounce him the most eloquent speaker he had ever heard. Nor were his hearers merely delighted and entertained with his fascinating powers of oratory: his arguments seemed to carry all by the board, and I have reason to believe made a multitude of converts.

Yesterday we had the unspeakable satisfaction of welcoming Mr. Thompson to our village, and of hearing him address a large and attentive audience in the first Baptist meeting-house. He was extremely interesting, although

it was said, by those who had previously heard him, that it was far from being one of his most happy efforts. He said that he did not speak easy at all. This difficulty, I think, may partly be attributed to the house not being the most happily constructed for easy speaking, especially for a stranger, and partly to the unhappy time of the day which we fixed upon for the commencement, which circumscribed him in respect to time, and must have been peculiarly embarrassing. The audience, however, so far as I am informed, were highly gratified, and the unanimous desire expressed is to hear him again.

Mr. Thompson was literally thronged with company at his lodgings, at the house of our friend, Mr. William Adams, who were no less instructed than delighted with his most agreeable demeanor, and appropriate and pertinent conversation.

I thank God for such a laborer in the cause. My dear Brother, what hath God wrought! Some four years ago, you were almost alone in your labors in this cause in NewEngland : now a host have been raised up in the length and breadth of the whole land, who have joined the holy standard ; and, in additon to this, brethren from beyond the seas fly to our aid, helping onward the invincible cause with their prayers, untiring toil, and eloquence almost commensurate with the merits of the cause they so dearly love. Generations yet unborn shall rise up to call STUART and THOMPSON, with the American Philanthropists who have jeopardised their earthly all in the cause of abolition ; I say, they shall rise up, and call them blessed.

One circumstance transpired yesterday, which was, to me, as I trust it was to all who witnessed it, most solemnly affecting and impressive, which I must not omit mentioning. After we had been a few moments seated in the pulpit, I perceived that some one was endeavor. ing to gain, although with extreme difficulty, the ascendancy of the pulpit stairs ; and on opening the door, who do you think it was found to be? Ă mobocrat, ready to seize on Mr. Thompson, tear him from the house, and tar and feather him? Nay; it was the venerable Moses Brown, at the advanced age of ninetyseven, pressing forward, as if sent by God to place himself on the platform by the side of his trans-atlantic

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